Mexican Milk Snake

The Mexican Milk Snake, Lampropeltis triangulum annulata, is a species of milk snake native to northeastern Mexico in Coahuila, Tamaulipas and Nuevo León, and southern Texas in the United States. Their choice of habitat is semi-arid brush areas, with sandy soils.

The Mexican Milk Snake has distinct red, black and cream colored banding, which sometimes leads to it being called a coral snake mimic. In some localities the cream colored banding can be more yellow, and in other areas it can be more orange. They grow to approximately 30 inches in length.

Mexican milk snakes are generally nocturnal, and prefer to hide when the temperatures are higher, becoming most active in the cooler periods of the spring and fall. They eat primarily rodents and lizards, but will sometimes eat other snakes. Breeding occurs on rainy spring evenings, and approximately 50 days later, the female will lay 4-10 eggs which will incubate for 55-60 days before hatching.

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