Scientific name : Lampropeltis triangulum

Family : Colubridae

Native to : Canada, United States, Mexico and Central America

Interesting fact : The snake got its name due to a myth that it drank milk directly from a cow’s udder.

Conservation status : Not Assessed

Milksnakes have alternating bands of red, black and yellow or white and can be confused with the highly venomous coral snakes unless you know the mnemonic-red next to black is a friend of Jack, red next to yellow will kill a fellow. Found in a wide range of habitats and hibernating in burrows they feed on lizards, frogs, fish and other snakes.

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