Honduran Milk Snake
Lampropeltis triangulum hondurensis

CLASS: Reptilia
ORDER: Squamata
SUBORDER: Serpentes
FAMILY: Colubridae

SIZE:
Up to 4 feet in length; males can reach 5 feet

RANGE:
Honduras, Nicaragua, and northeastern Costa Rica

HABITAT:
Lower elevations, under rotting logs or stumps

DIET:
Wild - Other snakes, lizards, small mammals and birds
Zoo - Mice and rate

DESCRIPTION:
Black head with distinct yellow band on snout and second band that broadens past the top of the head; red-orange scales sometimes tipped with black; body rings of red, black and yellow encircle the body; 13 - 26 red body rings, some may lack yellow rings and appear dark or tangerine.

FACTS:

  • Mostly nocturnal; coloring is a form of protective mimicry of the highly venomous coral snake.
  • Kingsnakes and milk snakes are closely related (same genus).

YOUNG:
Long cylindrical eggs are deposited in rotting substrate; they hatch around August.

STATUS:
Not listed; suffers from collection for pet trade

REFERENCE:
"Identifying Snakes," Nigel Marven and Rob Harvey, 1996, Quintet Publishing Limited