Species group: Kingsnakes and Milksnakes
Scientific name: Lampropeltis triangulum annulata
The Mexican Milksnake is native to Mexico but can be found in northern areas up to southwestern Texas. Their natural habitat is sandy coastal areas and arid brushlands.
Appearance / health:
Mexican Milksnakes grow to about 2 feet and have the typical milksnake banding pattern of red, black, and cream (which is sometimes yellow or orange). Popular phases are the Spotted (red base color with orange spots outlined by black) and Albino (orange, cream, and peach).
Behavior / temperament:
The small size, ease of care, and attractive colors make the Mexican Milksnake popular in the pet trade. They are docile, and don’t bite or release foul-smelling musk like other snakes.
The relatively small Mexcian Milksnake is best kept in a 20-gallon woodland terrarium that has climbing branches and several dark hiding places on the ground. The substrate should be sand, fallen leaves, wood chips, aspen or pine shavings, or dry peat. A large bathing pan for drinking and soaking is essential. The cage should be clean and dry. Day temp: 70-81F; night temp: 61-71F; basking temp: 86F; humidity: 50-70%; lighting: 12 hours.
Mexican Milksnakes are best kept alone because milksnakes prey on other snakes. Fresh water should be provided daily and the cage cleaned and disinfected regularly.
Mexican Milksnakes feed on rodents, lizards, and other snakes.
Mating occurs in spring. In early summer, Mexican Milksnakes lay clutches of 4-10 eggs that need to incubate for 55-60 days.
amazing markings, stunning little snake, pattern, great little species, bright orange
low level UVB
A stunning little snake
This is probably my second favourite species of milk or king snake (and I work with about 8 species of milks). They're quite a small and compact species, so very easy to house and handle, but have amazing markings - bright red with cream banding, with some individuals having oranges and yellow on the cream. A lot of milk snake species are quite long and slender, these guys only get to about 2ft, but are quite stocky for a milk snake - my adults can easily take a large mouse, which is the same size that a 5 foot Honduran milk snake eats!
Because of their size, a 2ft enclosure is ideal - so they take up very little space in the house, and can easily be handled by children. All of mine have always been docile, I've never been bitten or encountered an aggressive one. All members of the Lampropeltis family can be opportunistic feeders in the wild, including eating other snakes and their own species - but milk snakes are far less likely to do this than king snakes. Even so, it's best to err on the side of caution and only ever house one in an enclosure at a time.
I provide a deep layer of substrate and they love to dig and burrow. Since they are nocturnal, you're probably not going to see them out and about much in the day - but I've found that if you use some low level UVB lighting, you see a little bit more activity, especially at dawn and dusk. They really don't mind being woken up in the middle of the day though, so you can get them out whenever you want.
Overall a really great little species of snake that in my opinion should be way more popular than it is! I think it's just that you don't see them very often as there aren't many breeders, so if you get the opportunity to own this species, go for it..
From Athravan Jun 15 2015 7:13AM