The Pueblan Milk Snake (Lampropeltis triangulum campbelli) is also known as the Campbell’s Milk Snake. It is a non-venomous colubrid species of the king snake.
The Pueblan Milk Snake has three colours in alternating bands across its body: red, black, and white. The white bands are wide, and each scale has a black tip. The red bands have no black tips.
It can grow to 122 centimetres (48 inches) long.
The Pueblan Milk Snake is found in southern Puebla, eastern Morelos and northern Oaxaca in Mexico. It prefers forests, rocky regions, and open grasslands.
It is a terrestrial snake, living on the ground (not in trees).
It is a crepuscular snake, active at dawn and dusk, when it feeds on mice, rats, birds, lizards, frogs, toads, insects, worms, and other snakes.
The Pueblan Milk Snake is oviparous – an egg-layer. Females lay 2-15 eggs in leaf liter, logs, or in rock crevices. The eggs hatch after 55-60 days.
The average lifespan of a Pueblan Milk Snake is 12 years.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM