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Scientific name: Lampropeltis triangulum
Habitat: forest, savannah, prairie, streams and marshes
Diet: rodents, lizards, snakes, birds, eggs
Life span: 10-15 years (up to 20 in captivity)
Young: 2-17 eggs/clutch
Size:  35-175 cm (1.1-5.7 ft)

Milk snakes are coloured red-black-yellow or red-yellow-white to mimic the venomous coral snake. Although milk snakes are not venomous, their predators are tricked into thinking they are. Because milk snakes are frequently found in dairy barns, it was once believed that they drank the milk from cows’ udders. In reality, milk snakes spend time in barns because of the high numbers of rodents that can be found there.

Fun Fact: The practice of a harmless animal imitating a harmful animal is called Batesian mimicry.


World map with the United States and eastern Canada highlighted.

Range: United States and eastern Canada


Babydoll Sheep status image showing of least concern.

Status: Least concern

For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


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