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Eastern Milk Snake Lampropeltis triangulum triangulum


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Eastern Milk Snake
credit: Tracy/CCSA

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Family: Colubridae, Colubrid Snakes view all from this family

Description 24-52" (61-132.1 cm). Gray or tan with large chocolate-brown to reddish-brown, black-bordered blotches down back and smaller blotches on sides. Light Y- or V-shaped patch on nape of neck. Scales smooth, in 19-23 rows. Anal plate single.

Habitat Diverse situations: coastal bottomland to pine forests, open deciduous woodland, meadows, rocky hillsides, sand dunes, farmland, and suburban areas; often found in barns.

Range Se. Maine, sw. Quebec, se. and sc. Ontario, s. Wisconsin, and c. and se. Minnesota south to ne. Iowa, n. half of Illinois, and most of Iowa; south through Appalachian Mountains to n. Georgia and Alabama and westward to w. Tennessee and Kentucky; south on east coast to n. New Jersey. From s. New Jersey to ne. North Carolina, intergrades with Scarlet Kingsnake. In southern extent of range in mountains, intergrades with Scarlet Kingsnake and Red Mike Snake.

Discussion The Eastern occupies the northeastern part of the range of the Common Milk Snake. Other subspecies range south to the Florida Keys and Mexico, and west into Montana, Wyoming, Utah, and Arizona.