MILK SNAKE

Milk Snake
Photo by Suzanne L. Collins
Used by permission

Milk Snake
Lampropeltis triangulum
  • Size:   Length in Kansas up to 33 3/4 inches.

Kansas range map for the Milk Snake

Range:   Found throughout Kansas.
  • Description:   Harmless. Smooth shiny scales. In eastern Kansas, body is cream or light gray covered with wide red blotches outlined in black; these same blotches are orange-red separated by a white, light gray or cream background color in the western half of Kansas. Head usually red or orange with black markings; belly with checkerboard pattern of dark and light. Young are patterned like adults, but colors are brighter.
  • Habits: Found under rocks and logs in forests, woodland edge, pastures and rocky ledges of western Kansas; takes refuge beneath any available cover, particularly bark of rotten logs and other debris. Active from March to October. Breeds in spring; lays from 3-24 eggs that hatch in July, August or September. Constrictor. Eats lizards, smaller snakes and small rodents.

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Text: Joseph T. Collins & Suzanne L. Collins
Photos: Suzanne L. Collins & Bob Gress
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