Lampropeltis triangulum Eastern Milksnake
Lampropeltis triangulum was redefined by Ruane et al in 2014. With this new definition, it includes no subspecies.
Leavenworth County, KansasMay 4, 2017
Eastern Milksnake (Lampropeltis triangulum)
A brightly colored milksnake like this one is among the country's most beautiful serpents.
Cass County, MissouriMay 5, 2017
Eastern Milksnake (Lampropeltis triangulum)
This group of snakes got its English name from a nonsensical old belief that blamed some the reduced milk production of some cows on the idea that the barn-dwelling snakes were drinking milk when nobody was looking. In reality, of course, the snakes dwelt in the barns because of all the rodents that also dwelt there.
Benton County, IowaMay 6, 2017
Eastern Milksnake (Lampropeltis triangulum)
At the same spot where we dug up my (and Matt Cage's) first foxsnake, we got a bonus prize with this friendly milksnake. You can tell it's friendly because it has a heart tattoo on the back of its neck.
Buchanan County, IowaMay 6, 2017
Eastern Milksnake (Lampropeltis triangulum) Eastern Milksnake (Lampropeltis triangulum)
Later in the day we visited another good milksnake spot, and found (surprise!) a few more milksnakes. Note how much more colorful the youngster is compared to the oldster.
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