Eastern Milk Snake (Lampropeltis triangulum triangulum)
Description: This is a slender, smooth scaled snake with reddish or
brown blotches on a gray or tan background color. There is usually a light "Y"
or "V" shaped marking just behind the head. The belly is white with a black
checkerboard pattern. Adult length: 2 to 4 feet.
Photo © Jim Harding
Habitat and Habits: Milk snakes occur in woods, fields, marshes,
farmlands, and suburbs. They normally stay out of sight, often hiding under
boards and trash near buildings. Despite their name, these snakes do not (and
could not) milk cows, but will seek mice and rats in and around farm buildings.
They also eat other reptiles. These snakes are harmless to humans, though they
may vibrate their tails and bite if cornered or handled.
Reproduction: From 6 to 20 eggs are laid in June. The brightly colored
young hatch in late summer.
Range and Status: Milk snakes are fairly common throughout the Lower
Peninsula, but are rare in the Upper Peninsula.
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