How Big Do Milk Snakes Get ?
Milk snakes are scientifically called Lampropeltis triangulum. They have a wide array of adaptation and are found in numerous places the world over. Coniferous forests, grasslands of South America, tropical areas, marshes, woodlands, streams, rocky hillsides, ponds prairies, savannas, suburban areas, agricultural farms, etc. are home to a wide variety of milk snakes.
There are nearly 25 species of milk snakes found worldwide. None of them are poisonous but are often mistaken with venomous snakes like coral and copperhead snakes and are indiscriminately killed by people.
These snakes are usually gray in color. They have bright spots or bands of red, yellow, orange and white on their sides and back. A characteristic Y or V shaped patch on their head distinguishes them from poisonous snakes and also helps these snakes to defend themselves from potential predators. Males and females look similar in terms of colorations and are therefore not easily distinguishable.
They are found in the south-central, southeastern Ontario in United States, southwestern Quebec in Canada. You will also find them in Central America and Mexico. Milk snakes in United States of America reach a length of twenty-four to thirty-six inches, approximately 61 to 92 centimeters in length. A few species can even reach a length of 52 inches or about 130 centimeters. Snakes in other parts of the world reach a length of twelve to sixty-nine inches, or thirty-one to hundred and seventy-six centimeters approximately.
Milk snakes feed on rat, mice, lizards and small birds but do not drink or feed on milk. They are called so because of misconceptions among many that they drink cow’s milk.
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