Honduran Milk Snake

Lampropeltis triangulum hondurensis


 

Big, aggressive feeders.  Adults often in excess of 4 feet, sometimes exceeding 6 feet in length.  A lot of fun colour patterns are showing up today in herpetoculture.  Most of mine are "tangerine phase," with a few "Tricolours."  What does that mean?  Originally, from the wild, many of the imported Hondurans had three colors of rings, wide orange/red, black, and a narrow yellowish ring.  In some this yellowish ring is orange, sometimes matching the wider orange/red or tangerine orange colour.  These bi-colored snakes are called tangerine phase.  The problem with this description is when does yellow become orange.    The more orange with little or no black tips on the orange scales, the higher the price.  You can pay thousands for specimens lacking black (albino) or lacking red.   They often double clutch, producing larger babies, ready to feed on baby mice.

One of our hypomelanistic Honduran milksnake.
Hypo honduran

Other animals in the L. triangulum group:

Mexican Milk Snake (L. t. annulata)
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)
Nelson's Milk Snake (L. t. nelsoni)
Sinaloan Milk Snake (L. t. sinaloae)

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