Louisiana Milk Snake
Lampropeltis triangulum amaura

CLASS: Reptilia
ORDER: Squamata
SUBORDER: Serpentes
FAMILY: Colubridae

SIZE:
Up to 52 inches in length

RANGE:
North America; statewide in Louisiana except for the marsh and western hill country

HABITAT:
Bottomland hardwood forests

DIET:
Wild - Anoles, mice, lizards, small snakes, earthworms
Zoo - Mice

DESCRIPTION:
Moderately short to medium-sized; series of black bordered red bands or rings on a yellow or white background; underside same as top; predominately black snout; anal plate undivided; similar in appearance to scarlet kingsnake and coral snake -- scarlet kingsnake has an unpatterned belly and the coral snake's red and yellow rings are in contact, unlike the milk snake.

FACTS:

  • Climbs and swims well
  • Kingsnakes and milksnakes are in the same genus

YOUNG:
3 - 9 eggs laid in June and July, hatching in August and early September

STATUS:
Not threatened

REFERENCE:
"The Amphibians and Reptiles of Louisiana," Harold A. Dundee and Douglas A. Rossman