Pueblan Milk Snake

Our Pueblan Milk Snake doesn't have an official name. He was turned in as part of a collection from an older gentleman in Charlotte. Some of his friends have been adopted out and some have stayed at the rescue to become educational ambassadors. You'll see much more of our milk snake in the educational trailer.
Common Name: Pueblan Milk Snake
Scientific Name: Lampropeltis triangulum campbelli
Type: Colubrid
Diet: Carnivore
Average Life Span: 15-20 years in captivity
Size: 30 - 36 inches
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern
Current Population Trend: Stable


About the Pueblan Milk Snake

The Pueblan milk snake has a tri-color pattern of red, black, and white bands. It has a resemblance to the coral snake and this similarity in color, known as Batesian mimicry, helps protect the snake from potential predators. They can be distinguished from other subspecies due to wide white bands, and frequent black tipping over the red bands. Also, the red in campbelli tends to be especially vibrant and bright compared to other subspecies. Non-morph Pueblan milk snakes always have pure white coloration on their light bands, save for some black speckling.

Range:
Portions of Puebla, Morelos and Oaxaca, Mexico.

Habitat:
Very at home in arid portions of this range and found at elevations exceeding 5500 ft.

Prey:
In captivity these animals fair very well on a diet of lab raised mice. Juveniles are large robust neonates. They are generally aggressive feeders that are easy to start. In the wild they feed on small lizards, small snakes, nestling birds with the bulk of the diet being rodents.

Behavior:
This is a large subspecies that does well in captivity. Wild caught individuals can be prone to biting and are somewhat nervous. Captive born animals start out flighty as hatchlings, but with handling and age they tend to get away from this behavior. They become favorites in most collections, because of the beautiful color and their ease of care and breeding.

Breeding:
Breeding in captivity is achieved in the same manner as with most colubrids, with the exception that this subspecies is known to double, and sometimes triple clutch. Clutch sizes vary but normally are between 6 and 8 eggs.

Source: Kingsnake.com