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Sinaloan Milksnake

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Sinaloan Milksnake

DISTRIBUTION AND HABITAT

Lives in the semi-arid, dry and rocky regions of northwest Mexico.

BEHAVIOUR

Sinaloan milksnake hunts at night. During the day it rests in rock crevices or under cactus plants.. Also found in barns and under wood piles, in areas that
humans inhabit.

DIET

Its the opportunistic eaters, consuming anything available, especially reptile eggs, lizards, other snakes, amphibians, birds and small mammals (like rodents).

REPRODUCTION

Sinaloan milksnakes breed from May to June. The female lays 5 to 15 elongated eggs, usually under a pile of stones, rotting wood and vegetation. The young hatch after about 60 days.

GOOD TO KNOW

The sinaloan milksnake is not venomous. However its color patterns resemble those of the venomous coral snake. When the sinaloan feels threatened its tail begins to vibrate, making a reminiscent of a rattlesnake. As a warning, it releases an unpleasant, acrid fluid from cloaca. These behaviors may deter some predators.

  • Latin name: Lampropeltis triangulum sinaloae
  • IUCN –Red List – LC – least concern
  • CITES – Appendix II

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