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Milk Snake

Scientific name: Lampropeltis triangulum

Origin / Habitat: Central North America

Lifespan: 20 years

Diet: Rodents, birds, amphibians, snakes, lizards

Did you know;

  • It has been somewhat domesticated and is commonly found in a variety of unnatural colourations, sizes and scale configurations
  • This is an uncomplicated species to keep however can be somewhat quick to bite. This is thought to be largely due to its voracious appetite and expansive diet
  • As a primary defence this species exhibits Batesian mimicry, copying the colouration of the venomous coral snake
  • A secondary defence is musking; this is the excretion of a noxious fluid from its cloaca which makes the animal smell like rotting flesh. If nervous of handling it is not unusual to get this fluid on ones hands.
  • It has approximately 200 teeth which it uses to hold its prey during constriction.
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