Mexican Milk Snake

Lampropeltis triangulum annulata

 

 


These are a fun to keep, easy to breed subspecies of the milk snake.  Found in Texas, and south into Mexico, they are regularly collected by driving slowly along the roads in their habitat.  Freer, Texas is one more known collecting locality.    Many snakes will stay on the road when you shine a light on them.  Not so with the Mexican milk snake.  Get out of the vehicle and on it quickly, or it will be off the road and into the weeds.

My original acquisition of the Mexican Milk snakes could be classified as avoidance of the law.  I had a fairly large breeding colony of California Mountain Kingsnakes (Lampropeltis zonata pulchra), California Fish and Game passed a law prohibiting the possession of zonata, that was soon to go into effect.  Rather than fight the law, before the deadline, I traded my zonata to a person in Texas who needed to get rid of his annulata before a similar law went into effect in Texas.  So he can breed and sell zonata in Texas, but I can't in California.  Real smart, huh?

I have the annulata that have yellow narrow bands, and also the ones that get orange.    The babies are basically red, black, and white, so it is hard to be sure which colour they will turn.  See my book "The General Care and Maintenance of Milk Snakes" published by AVS, and available from them or me, for more case histories and general milk snake information.  Try a couple, you will like them.

Other animals in the L. triangulum group:

Spotted Mexican Milk Snake (L. t. annulata)
Jalisco Milk Snake
(L. t. arcifera)
Lake Chapala Milk Snake (L. t. ???)
Pueblan Milk Snake (L. t. campbelli)
New Mexico or Big Bend Milk Snake (L. t. celaenops)
Honduran Milk Snake (L. t. hondurensis)
Nelson's Milk Snake (L. t. nelsoni)
Sinaloan Milk Snake (L. t. sinaloae)

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