Milk Snake

INTRODUCTION

Brightly coloured and strikingly patterned, milk snakes are non-venomous New World snakes with a wide range throughout North and South America. They have smooth and shiny scales and their typical colour pattern is alternating bands of red-black-yellow or white-black-red. They are often confused with dangerous copperheads or coral snakes; however, milk snakes pose no threat to humans. Non-venomous milk snakes evolved to look like these venomous species in order to scare predators.

GALLERY

FAST FACTS

Scientific Name:

Lampropeltis triangulum

Status:

Not evaluated

Size:

Up to 1.8m

Weight:

Up to 1.5kg

Life Span in Wild:

Up to 21 years

Habitat:

Savannah, grasslands and forests

Diet:

Carnivore

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ME

What Do I Eat?

Mammals, birds, reptiles and eggs

Where Do I Live?

From Canada to Northern South America.

Do I Have Any Predators?

Racoons, foxes, and coyotes

How Do I Live?

Diurnal and nocturnal, solitary

Why Am I Endangered?

Humans

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