Black Milksnake

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Other common names: Costa Rican Black Milksnake; Black Milk Snake

Scientific name: Lampropeltis triangulum gaigeae

The basics:
The Black Milksnake is native to the wet, high mountain cloud forests of Panama and Costa Rica in Central America.

Appearance / health:
Black Milksnakes are non-venomous constrictors that mature to about 4-5 feet long. Their bodies are slim and round, covered with flat, smooth-feeling, shiny scales. When the Black Milksnake is young, it resembles other milk snakes with red, black and yellow rings. When they are between 6 and 10 months of age, the Black Milk Snake will begin to change colors, and start to turn black as they grow to adulthood.

Since Black Milksnakes dwell in high elevations in the wild, they do well with their temperatures between 72 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit. If they are kept at temperatures between 80 - 85 degrees, they metabolize their food much more quickly than other colubrids, and can become overweight very easily.

Black Milksnakes are best kept singly. When housed in pairs or a group, they should be of the same size (to prevent cannibalism) and fed separately.

Like all milksnakes, the primary diet of the Black Milksnake is rodents of appropriate size. They will also accept lizards, amphibians, and nestling birds.

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