Description: A thin snake, the Eastern Milk Snake typically grows between 2–3 feet. Three, four, or sometimes five rows of reddish-brown and black colorations alternate in size down the body of the otherwise base tan body. Ventrally, these snakes have a very irregular checkerboard pattern. Scales are both smooth and single.
Range: Maine to Minnesota, south to extremely northern Alabama.
Habitat: Eastern Milk Snakes can be found under logs and stones of fields, woodlands, river bottoms, hillsides, and in barns and sheds.
Reproduction: Hatchling’s blotches will be much brighter red, giving this species the nickname Red Adder.
Fun Fact: The origin of the name Milk Snake is, for lack of a better phrase, an old wives tale. Farmers used to see these animals in their barns and simply assumed that the snakes were there to drink the milk of their dairy cows. These snakes were actually in the barns catching the mice that inhabited it.