Red Milksnake

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Scientific name: Lampropeltis triangulum syspila

The basics:
Red Milksnakes are found in Alabama, Oklahoma, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and South Dakota. They inhabit dry woodlands and hide under logs and rock ledges.

Appearance / health:
Very similar to the Sinaloan Milksnake, the Red Milksnake’s main characteristic is the dominantly red (with black markings) on its head and snout. The three bands across the back are red-orange (shaped like saddles) bordered with black, and separated by shades of white, cream, or yellow. The belly is white with checkerboard blotches.

Behavior / temperament:
Red Milksnakes are sought after in the pet trade because they are peaceful and attractive. They are very active, feeding and hunting from dusk to dawn. In the daytime they prefer to hide deep and out of sight. When threatened, they may nip and release a foul-smelling musk.

Red Milksnake adults can be well kept in a 20-gallon escape-proof woodland terrarium. Hiding places such as bark and rocks should be provided. Dish of clean drinking water should also be available. The best substrates for this ground dwelling, burrowing snake are sand, smooth gravel, pine or aspen shavings, and dry peat moss. The cage should always be clean and dry. Day temp: 79-91F; night temp: 64-77F; basking temp: 95F; humidity: 50-60%; lighting: 12 hours.

Red 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 Red Milksnake is rodents of appropriate size. They will also accept lizards, amphibians, and nestling birds.

Mating occurs in the late spring to summer. These egg-layers deposit 6-10 elliptical-shaped eggs in warm and moist locations like under logs or rotting leaves. Eggs hatch after 30-40 days.


beautiful color morphs, easy snake, exceptional colors, highly recommended snake


foul smelling ‘milk


central United States, dead prey

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