Honduran Milksnake

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Is the Honduran Milksnake right for you?

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Scientific name: Lampropeltis triangulum hondurensis

The basics:
The Honduran Milksnake is native to Eastern Honduras, Nicaragua, and Northeastern Costa Rica. It appreciates high humidity, frequenting waterlogged habitats.

Appearance / health:
Honduran Milksnakes average 4 to 5 feet in length. They have slender bodies with smooth scales that are strikingly colored. The typical Honduran Milksnake has black, yellow, and red bands; the popular “tangerine” morph has bright orange, black and red-orange bands. Albino varieties have been bred but they command a high price. The Honduran Milksnake’s snout is yellow or white, and a black band crosses the head like an eye mask.

Behavior / temperament:
Naturally shy, Honduran Milksnakes will tend to stay inside hiding boxes and under the cage’s substrate. They are diurnal but will most likely spend most of the time moving under cover. Once tamed, they can be amiable enough to be handled and appreciated.

The ideal terrarium for an adult Honduran Milksnake is at least 20 gallons. It should be a woodland type with climbing branches and plenty of hiding places on the ground. To suit the snake’s tendency to hide, one or two hiding boxes should be available, and the substrate should be a thick layer of peat, fallen leaves, aspen shavings, cypress mulch, newspaper, or paper towels. A bathing pan large enough to accommodate the whole snake is essential for soaking (especially when shedding) and to help maintain good moisture levels in the cage. Day temp: 73-90F; night temp: 64-81F; basking temp: 95F; humidity: 60-80%; lighting: 12 hours (6 hours in the winter time). Cage must be secure because the Honduran Milksnake is known for sneak around and breaking out of weak caging.

Like other milksnakes, the Honduran is shy and secretive, wanting to slither away and hide under the substrate or inside hiding boxes. They should be kept alone or in small groups of the same size snakes. Disparity in sizes will result in cannibalism.

The default prey of Honduran Milksnakes are rodents of appropriate size. They also accept lizards and nestling birds.

Honduran Milksnakes are egg-layers, averaging 24 in a clutch that hatches in about 10 weeks.


beautiful pinkish tangerine, black bands, gorgeous snake, beautiful milk snake, good feeding response


bad attitude


frozenthawed hopper mice, great resale value

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Honduran Milksnake

From Jasonh76 May 5 2014 4:33PM


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