Mexican Milksnake

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Is the Mexican Milksnake right for you?

Species group:

Scientific name: Lampropeltis triangulum annulata

The basics:
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


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Mexican Milksnake Health Tip

Mexican Milksnake

From Athravan Jun 15 2015 7:13AM


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