Honduran Milk Snake

Scientific Name Lampropeltis triangulum hondurensis

Native To Central America from Honduras to Nicaragua

Habitat Tropical areas

Diet Carnivorous – will eat snake, rodents, lizards, birds, and eggs

Size and Age Grow to be 5 feet and live 20 years

Natural History Milk snakes got their names because of an old belief that they would drink milk from cows in barns. People thought this because these snakes were found frequently in barns. They were likely drawn to barns for the rodents that also lived in the barns. Often, milk snakes are mistaken for the venomous Coral Snake. The bright red colouring is used to trick predators into thinking the snake is venomous. This is called mimicry.

Least Concern

Conservation Status The greatest threat faced by these snakes is being run over by cars on roadways. Milk snakes are very valuable for controlling rodent populations around cities and towns.

Interesting Facts

  1. Milk snakes use quick, jerky movements to startle predators with their bright colours.
  2. The incubation temperature of the eggs dictates the gender of the hatchlings. Warmer temperatures will hatch males while cooler temperatures will hatch females.
  3. Milk snakes will eat other snakes.