Honduran Milk Snake
Scientific NameLampropeltis triangulum hondurensis
Native To Honduras, Nicaragua and Northeastern Costa Rica
Diet Carnivore: snakes, rodents, lizards, birds and eggs
Size and Age Up to 1.5 m (5 ft) long; lifespan up to 20 years
Milk snakes got their name from an old belief that they drank milk from cows. People actually believed this because milk snakes were frequently found in barns filled with dairy cows, where they were most likely drawn by the rodents that lived inside. Milk snakes are also mistaken for the venomous coral snake. Their bright red colouring is used to trick predators into thinking the snake is venomous—a phenomena known as mimicry.