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Sinaloan Milksnake

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Is the Sinaloan Milksnake right for you?

Species group:

Scientific name: Lampropeltis triangulum sinaloae

The basics:
Sinaloa, Sonora, and Chihuahua, Mexico

Appearance / health:
Sinaloan Milksnakes are non-venomous constrictors that mature to about 3-4 feet long. Their bodies are slim and round, covered with flat, smooth-feeling, shiny scales. The body’s dominant color is bold red broken by about a dozen lateral triad bands of two black stripes with a white (or cream to yellow) stripe in the middle. The snout is a mottled creamy color, and the head is mainly black with shiny eyes just as dark.

Behavior / temperament:
Sinaloan Milksnakes are a favorite pet 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.

Housing:
Due to the Sinaloan’s relatively small size, an adult 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.

Sinaloan 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.

Diet:
Like all milksnakes, the primary diet of the Sinaloan is rodents of appropriate size. They will also accept lizards, amphibians, and nestling birds.

Breeding:
Sinaloans are egg-layers that mature in only 2 years. They start mating a week after hibernation (or brumation), sometime in March. Eggs are laid 30-50 days after mating, and hatch 50-75 days later. The average clutch size is 9 eggs.

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