Honduran milksnake

Milksnakes use quick, jerky movements so that their bands flash, startling predators. Their bright colors signal danger and often confuse predators, making these snakes hard to follow.

Fast Facts

  • They get their name from an old belief that it drinks milk from the udders of cows. This myth probably arose because they were commonly spotted in barns and stables, where there is a concentration of rodents.
  • The Honduran milksnake mimics a venomous snake in order to confuse predators into thinking the snake is venomous even though it is not.
  • Milksnakes have one of the widest distributions of any snake in the Americas.

Scientific name

Lampropeltis triangulum hondurensis
Range  Central America
Conservation status Not Listed
Diet Carnivore
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