return to main index

  mobile - desktop
follow us on facebook follow us on twitter follow us on YouTube link to us on LinkedIn
 
click here for Nature Zone
This Space Available
3 months for $50.00
Locate a business by name: click to list your business
search the classifieds. buy an account
events by zip code list an event
Search the forums             Search in:
News & Events: Herp Photo of the Day: Happy Rattlesnake Friday! . . . . . . . . . .  Herp Photo of the Day: Toad . . . . . . . . . .  Exoticon Pet Expo Chesapeake - July 02-03, 2022 . . . . . . . . . .  Central Illinois Herp Society Meeting - July 02, 2022 . . . . . . . . . .  Greater Cincinnati Herp Society Meeting - July 06, 2022 . . . . . . . . . .  Madison Herp Society Meeting - July 08, 2022 . . . . . . . . . .  All Maryland Reptile Show - July 09, 2022 . . . . . . . . . .  Madison Herp Society Meeting (Milwaukee) - July 13, 2022 . . . . . . . . . .  Madison Herp Society Meeting (FoxValley) - July 13, 2022 . . . . . . . . . .  Lancaster Herp Society Meeting - July 15, 2022 . . . . . . . . . .  Western Maryland Reptile Show - July 16, 2022 . . . . . . . . . .  East Coast Reptile Super Expo - July 16, 2022 . . . . . . . . . . 


full banner - advertise here $.50/1000 views year
click here for New York Worms
pool banner - $25 year
Eastern Milk Snake
Lampropeltis triangulum triangulum

Size:
  • Hatchling: 6 - 8 in.
  • Adult: 14 - 20 in.(normal) 52 in.(record)

Scalation:
  • Dorsal: 21 rows
  • Ventral: 182 - 214
  • Sub caudal: 35 - 54
  • Infra labial: 7 - 11
  • Supra labial: 7 - 8
  • Anal Plate: Single

Photo courtesy Troy Hibbitts
click to enlarge

Written by Clint Gilders

Coloration
The Eastern Milk Snake is most often some shade of Gray, ranging from light silver to almost brown, with the pattern saddles some shade of brown occasionally leaning toward red in southern populations.

Head:
Consists of a darkbrown forward pointing arrowhead pattern on the head similair to that which is seen in the Corn Snake, Elaphe guttata guttata, on a light gray background.

Dorsal:
There are dorsal saddles(blotches) which are roughly square running the length of the body as well as lateral and sometimes ventro-lateral blotches down the length of the body. All in all the pattern and coloration of the Eastern Milk Snake is very reminscent of the juvenile phase of many of the Elaphe obsoleta complex.

Ventral:
Black on white checkerboard pattern, in an irregular fashion.

Range:
The Eastern Milk Snake inhabits a large part of the Central East Coast of North America. The Range encompasses an area From Maine eastward through Ontario to Minnesota, and then southward to Alabama and North Corolina. It is in North Corolina that the Eastern Milk Snake is believed to integrade with the Scarlet King Snake , Lampropeltis triangulum elapsoides. This integrade is often referred to as the Coastal Plains Milk Snake.

Habitat:
The Eastern Milk Snake Seems to be a generalist in habitat preferance. They have been recorded in feilds, forests, and rocky areas. The one habitat preferance I have noticed is that in Canada they are not often found in wet areas such as swamps. In areas where I find large numbers of Northern Water Snakes, Nerodia sipedon, and Ribbon Snakes, Thamnophis sauritus septentyrionalis, I rarely encounter Eastern Milk Snakes.

Prey:
In the wild Eastern Milk Snakes feed on rodents, birds, lizards, and possibly amphibians. The adult specimens I have captured have fed readily on live Hopper (15-20 day old) Mice which were eaither left in the cage or offered with forceps. The hatchlings I have Captured have been very reluctant to feed on domestic Mice and have required force/assist feeding for long periods.

Behavior:

Breeding:

Literature Cited:
Behler and King 1992, The Audubon Society Field Guide

Conant and Collins 1991, The Peterson Field Guide


Gallery Photo by RatsnakeHaven
Click to Enlarge

Gallery Photo by RatsnakeHaven
Click to Enlarge

Gallery Photo by joe_m
Click to Enlarge

Gallery Photo by John Cherry
Click to Enlarge

Gallery Photo by danh
Click to Enlarge

Gallery Photo by cn013
Click to Enlarge
Sponsored Link
advertise here
New & Updated Business Listings
Looking for a reptile or amphibian related business? A reptile store, breeder, importer, maunfacturer or supplier? Our business directory lists some of the most popluar herp businesses in the world.
Locate a reptile or amphibian business by name:
New
• Mouse Works LLC
• Zeigler Animal Feeds
• Tampa Snakes - Carpet Pytho...
• The Big Cheese Rodent Facto...
• Florida Iguana & Tortoise B...
• ReptiLinks
• Reptiles at the York Expo
• York County Reptile Show
• LLLReptile and Supply Las V...
• Eublah Exotics
Updated
• Tampa Snakes - Carpet Pytho...
• Florida Iguana & Tortoise B...
• Mouse Works LLC
• ReptiLinks
• The Big Cheese Rodent Facto...
• Nature Zone Herp Products
• Northwest Zoological Supply
• LLLReptile and Supply San D...
• LLLReptile and Supply Menif...
• LLLReptile and Supply Las V...
list your business on kingsnake.com

Recent Milk Snake Forum Forum Posts
• Splotched Sinaloan Variety, posted by bslugger551
• Splotched/Bullseye Sinaloans, posted by bslugger551
• Is my milk snake is getting TOO HOT?, posted by darbellah
• New owner looking for advice, posted by Irishfran
• New adoption biting and chewing fingers, posted by ajcur17
• Help*** Our milksnake won’t eat., posted by KieranSnake
• "trouble" with my milk snake, posted by kedjkd
• L. annulata (Mexican Milk) temps, posted by JJJ
• Nice neonate clutch..., posted by DavesterII
• Wanted: Vivid Reptile Line Hondurans, posted by VigorStu
• Hypo Honduran Comparison, posted by bslugger551
• Babies from this year, posted by bslugger551
• Vanishing pattern question, posted by bslugger551
• Putting feelers out for rehoming 2 milks, posted by cshaner15
• Milk Snake in the marylebone, posted by quickessayhelp

Recent Milk Snake Classifieds:
- 11 Pueblan milks young a...
- Apricot Pueblan Milk Sna...
- Pueblan Milk Snake
- Female Juvenile Albino S...
- 2021 Pueblan Milksnake M...
- 11 Black Milks 2021
- 11 Stuarts Milk 2021
- 2021 Sinaloan Milksnake ...
- 2021 Jaw Bone California...
- 2021 Russell KS locality...
- 2021 Russell KS locality...
- 2021 Russell KS locality...
- 2019 Pueblan Milksnake M...
- Tangerine Honduran Milk ...
- Ghost Honduran Milk Snak...

Banner Pool
click here for floridaiguana.com
$100.year special flat rate banner! - click for info