Milk Snake

 

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Milk Snake

 

Range: Americas, both southern North America, as well as Central and South America

Habitat: Widely varied by species but is generally found near a source of fresh water.

Natural Diet: Snakes, small rodents, lizards.

Diet at RainForest: Small pre-killed rodents 

Size: 24-40"

RainForest Facts: An egg laying snake, the Milk snake typically lays 4-6 highly elliptical eggs in late spring to early summer (depending on location).  60-75 days is the normal incubation period for the eggs, the small babies feed primarily on small lizards and new born rodents.

Status in Wild: Numbers are stable in most parts of range, loss of habitat represents one of the greatest risks to the species.  Feral cats take an unusually high number of these defenseless snakes.