Skillelinie

Lampropeltis triangulum sinaloae

(Sinaloae milk snake)

Lampropeltis triangulum sinaloae baby female
Lampropeltis triangulum is the most variable species of the milk snakes. The smallest and the biggest subspecies are approx. 55 and 2oo cm. They are all very colorful snakes banded in rød black and yellow. The warning colors yellow and red are seperated with a black band opposite the poisonous coral snakes, that has them boardering each other. The sinaloae milk snake is an average sized milk snake reaching a length of about 125 cm. It is found from the southwestern corner of Sonora to the southwestern Chihuahua in Mexico. It has from 10 to 16 broad red bands on the body seperated bye thin black and yellow bands. In nature they prey on various lizards, snakes and smal mammels.
 
Lampropeltis triangulum sinaloae baby female
 
This colorful milk snake has always been among the most popular snakes in captivity. They are living in the desert and seldom climb, and should be kept in terraria with a large surface. They are best kept at a temperature of about 25*C during the day and cooler at night. A heating spot, a hide and a waterbowl is all they need but they can easily be kept in handsome desert terraia with rocks and plants. All milk snakes are unfortunately only little active during the day and spend the time in their hiding place unless there are food near bye. They are fed on small rodents, and should be fed seperately because kanibalism can occur. They prefer smaller feeding objects compared to ratsnakes, and even large animals prefers jumpers to large mice. Juveniles gives few problems and accepts normaly newborn mice as their first food. They grow rapidly and matures in 2 -3 years. A deep and long hibernation isn`t nessesary for breeding, but a cooler and dark period of 2 -3 months is recommended. Copulations takes place in spring and after approx 45 days the females deposit their clutch of 6 -20 eggs. In the days prior the females gets restless and examines the terrarium for the best place for the eggs. A box half filled with moist vermiculite or sphagnum will normally be acceptet, but they can use the water bowl in stead which destroys the eggs. The eggs are incubated at 26 - 28*C