Sinaloan Milk Snake

Genus and Species: Lampropeltis triangulum

The Milk snake is a nonvenomous species of kingsnake. These snakes have smooth and shiny scales and their typical color pattern is alternating bands of red-black-yellow or white-black-red. Milk snakes are often confused with the highly dangerous Coral snake and are sometimes killed because of this.

Native Habitat:
They live in forested regions, tropical hardwood forests, open woodland, open prairies, grasslands, and shrublands. These snakes can also be found in small streams or marshes, and agricultural or suburban areas.

Fun fact:
The common name “milk snake” originated from the false belief that these snakes milked cows.

Conservation status:
Not Endangered

Around the world:
Canada, United States, Mexico, Ecuador, Venezuela