Nelson’s Milk Snake

Lampropeltis triangulum nelsoni

House Name: Eduardo

Description: A red, black, and white banded snake reaching up to 42 inches in length. They can be distinguished from other milksnakes and kingsnakes by their white snout scattered with black pigment forward of their prefrontal scales, the remainder of the head scales are black. Generally the first black ring is more than one scale length behind the angle of the jaw and is either incomplete or narrowly connected around the throat.Their red and white scales lack black tips.These snakes possess 13-18 red rings.

Range: The Mexican states of Colima, Jalisco, Guanajuato,and Michoacan

Habitat: Tropical deciduous forests to more arid habitat, generally at lower elevations.

Diet:
Wild: rodents, lizards, and snakes
Zoo: rodents, meat diet

Reproduction: They are oviparous (egg-laying) snakes.

Fun Fact: Like other milksnakes and kingsnakes they mimic the red, yellow, and black coloration of the venomous coral snake to deter predators.


Reference: Markel, Ronald G. 1990. Kingsnakes and Milksnakes. T.F.H. Publications Inc., Neptune City.