milk snake

(Lampropeltis triangulum)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not yet assessed

 

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NatureServe

N5 - Secure

S4 - Apparently Secure

Minnesota

not listed

Species in Greatest Conservation Need

Occurrence

Common

Habitat

Rocky hillsides; rocky areas in deciduous forests; and grassy areas near woodlands and rock outcroppings.

Lifespan

Up to 21 years

Size

24 to 36

 

Identification

These snakes are highly variable in appearance but most have a light background color with dark splotches that are outlined in black.

 
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Food

Mostly rodents, but also amphibians, birds and bird eggs, reptiles and reptile eggs, and other snakes, including venomous snakes.

 
Life Cycle

 

 
Behavior

This snake is frequently encountered in buildings with stone foundations, including human dwellings. It is rarely found in the open during the day.


Distribution Distribution Map  

Sources: 11, 14, 29, 72, 74.


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Subspecies
This species was formerly named eastern milk snake (Lampropeltis triangulum triangulum). At that time 25 subspecies of Lampropeltis triangulum were recognized. Genetic analysis by Ruan et al. in 2014 resulted in the species being separated into six species. All other subspecies are now treated as synonyms of one of the six resulting species.


Taxonomy

Order:

Squamata (amphisbaenians, lizards, and snakes)

 

Infraorder:

Serpentes (snakes)

 

Superfamily:

Colubroidea

 

Family:

Colubridae (colubrids, typical snakes)

 

Subfamily:

Colubrinae

 
Synonyms

Coluber doliatus

Lampropeltis doliata

Lampropeltis triangulum abnorma

Lampropeltis triangulum amaura

Lampropeltis triangulum andesiana

Lampropeltis triangulum annulata

Lampropeltis triangulum arcifera

Lampropeltis triangulum blanchardi

Lampropeltis triangulum campbelli

Lampropeltis triangulum celaenops

Lampropeltis triangulum conanti

Lampropeltis triangulum dixoni

Lampropeltis triangulum elapsoides

Lampropeltis triangulum gaigeae

Lampropeltis triangulum gentilis

Lampropeltis triangulum hondurensis

Lampropeltis triangulum micropholis

Lampropeltis triangulum multistrata

Lampropeltis triangulum nelsoni

Lampropeltis triangulum oligozona

Lampropeltis triangulum polyzona

Lampropeltis triangulum sinaloae

Lampropeltis triangulum smithi

Lampropeltis triangulum stuarti

Lampropeltis triangulum syspila

Lampropeltis triangulum taylori

Lampropeltis triangulum triangulum

 
Common
Names

milk snake

milksnake


 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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  Eastern Milk Snake
Nick Scobel
 
   
 
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Published on Dec 29, 2012

Short clip on a killer spot found in Michigan earlier this spring, complete with a healthy Eastern Milk Snake (Lampropeltis triangulum).

 
     
  Eastern Milk Snake
magic skater's channel!
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Nov 14, 2009

This Eastern Milk Snake was found in the LATE LATE LATE FALL. NOVEMBER 14!!!
This snake should have been hibernating, but it was a nice day out and it didnt snow yet, so i guess the snakecame out to sun itself. Found in Michigan. It is almost full grown HUGE!!

 
     
  60-Second Snakes: The Eastern Milk Snake
MichiganDNR
 
   
 
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Published on Jun 26, 2015

The Michigan DNR’s 60-Second Snakes video series talks about identification tips and information about Michigan’s snake species. This episode features the eastern milk snake. Learn more about the Eastern Milk snake: http://bit.ly/easternmilksnake. A special thanks to Nature Discovery (http://bit.ly/1IcfFlb) for the opportunity to film their live educational snake specimens.

 
     
  Eastern milk snake MA
Sarah Carr
 
   
 
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Published on Apr 14, 2015

Beautiful girl caught around 6:00 pm 04/13/15

 
     
  Eastern Milk Snake | Indiana DNR
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
 
   
 
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Published on Apr 2, 2015

Interpretive Naturalist Jarret Manek talks about the habits and identification of the eastern milk snake.

 
     

 

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