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Pueblan Milk Snake
Lampropeltis triangulum campbelli

Size:
  • Hatchling: 7 - 8 in.
  • Adult: 30 - 36 in.(normal)

Scalation:
  • Dorsal: 21 - 23 rows
  • Ventral: 196 - 220
  • Sub caudal: 40 - 49
  • Infra labial: 7 - 9
  • Supra labial: 7 - 8
  • Anal Plate: Single

Photo Courtesy High Mountain Reptiles
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Written by John Cherry
Coloration
Head:
Normally displays a light indistinct u on the frontal scale. Balance of head is black with the first band encroaching on the head and occasionally covering the nearly the entire head. (sockheads)

Dorsal:
A number of very variable color morphs are known such as typical tri-colored animals, apricot and tangerine phase animals. The red/orange bands and the white/apricot/tangerine bands are approximately twice as wide as the black bands on majority of body. Many specimens tend toward melanism with scales showing varying amounts of black tipping. This is more apparent in the white/yellow bands.

Ventral:
Black and white/yellow bands extend onto belly area with about half of the red bands being present.

Range:
Portions of Puebla, Morelos and Oaxaca, Mexico.

Habitat:
Very at home in arid portions of this range and found at elevations exceeding 5500 ft.

Prey:
In captivity these animals fair very well on a diet of lab. raised mice. Juveniles are large robust neonates. They are generally aggressive feeders that are easy to start. In the wild they feed on small lizards, small snakes, nestling birds with the bulk of the diet being rodents.

Behavior:
This is a large subspecies that does well in captivity. Wild caught individuals can be prone to biting and are somewhat nervous. Captive born animals start out flighty as hatchlings, but with handling and age they tend to get away from this behavior. They become favorites in most collections, because of the beautiful color and their ease of care and breeding.

Breeding:
Breeding in captivity is achieved in the same manner as with most colubrids, with the exception that this subspecies is known to double, and sometimes triple clutch. Clutch sizes vary but normally are between 6 and 8 eggs.

Use the following as a guideline. Towards the middle of October cease feeding totally, allowing at least 2 -3 weeks at normal temperature for clearing of the gut. Then gradually reduce the ambient tempeture inside the cage to the middle 50's/low 60's and maintain for a period of 3 months. Be sure and provide clean water and systematically check animals for general condition and welfare during this period. middle of the brumation cycle with good success. After brumation and the animals are brought back up to optimum temperature of 76 - 82 degrees, feeding should resume for approx. three weeks and the pair should be placed together under supervision for short periods of time until copulation can be confirmed. An egg laying chamber/box partially filled with damp vermiculite or sphagnum moss is helpful. Eggs should be removed immediately after laying and placed in damp vermiculite for the incubation period of 58 - 66 days at temperatures of 80 - 83 degrees.

Literature Cited:

Stebbins,Robert C. 1985 second editition revised. A field guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians. Houghton Mifflin Company

Cherry, John & Cindy Field & Breeding Notes

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