Species group: Kingsnakes and Milksnakes
Scientific name: Lampropeltis triangulum hondurensis
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
frozenthawed hopper mice, great resale value
Dancer, my milk snake.
Dancer came into my care under unusual circumstances. I had a friend who was staying with me and he brought this beautiful milk snake in with him. When he decided to leave he could not take care of Dancer, so I took over for him. Snakes are very easy to care for in my opinion, at least this two foot Honduran milk snake was. I had an old, inexpensive aquarium of about 20 gallons that I'd found at a second hand store that I cleaned out and used. I put some shredded newspaper in the bottom and I found a carved out rock, again in a thrift shop, that I washed and used for his water bowl. He fed about once a week and it was always an interesting sight.
I have kids and they're at that age where the circle of life is something that really interests them. Feeding time became something that I was able to turn into a teaching moment. The kids would ask why we didn't live catch mice, or why we had to watch Dancer eat. I explained that wild mice would carry parasites and other contagions that could make Dancer very sick, and even kill him. We also had to make sure the live mice we bought at the pet store didn't hurt the snake by biting him. The entire scene seemed to interest even my little girl and though I thought it was a bit morbid myself, they seemed to enjoy and learn from the experience. The biggest problem I had with feedings was have to explain that we needed to wait a couple days before handling Dancer again. I never had a problem with it but I had read that if you don't allow the snake to digest properly that he could regurgitate it's food and then you'd need to feed the animal again.
I want to end by explaining how this snake, who spent most of his time warming himself in an aquarium, earned the name Dancer.
Dancer was never content to try and stay inside his habitat. I'd always find him testing the edges of the lock down screen I'd placed on top of the unit. HE was never strong enough to hurt himself or push hard at the mesh, not really. Instead what it looked like was this gorgeous orange and black stripes in a snake charming dance as he used the clear sides of the tank to prop himself up and test the roof. My daughter looked up at him on his shelf and said, "Look Daddy, he's dancing!", and the name has stuck ever since..
From Jasonh76 May 5 2014 4:33PM
Breathtaking and Hardy
The Honuran milksnake is almost too beautiful for words, and captive breeders’ efforts to produce hybrids and color morphs have only added to its allure. This hardy, interesting Central American native is an excellent choice for both novices and advanced keepers. Even after decades of work in zoos with snakes from around the world, I reserve a place in my collection for this beauty and its relatives.
With proper care, Honduran milksnakes can live in excess of 20 years. A simple 30-50 gallon terrarium stocked with a hide box (or, better yet, cypress mulch into which they can burrow) and heated to a temperature range of 78-85 F, with a basking spot of 88 F, meets their needs. Although they feed heavily on snakes and lizards in the wild, pets do fine on mice..
From findiviglio Jan 7 2016 4:25PM