Lampropeltis triangulum triangulum
- COSEWIC – Special concern.
- COSSARO – Special concern.
- Slender and sleek looking snake. Adults are 61 to 90 cm (24 to 35 in.).
- Greyish background colour with reddish blotches bordered in black along its back and sides. Most will have a light coloured V or Y shape on the top of their head.
- Smooth scales (not keeled) add to its smooth appearance.
- May be found in open forest, field and wetland habitat. Often found around farmhouses, barns, sheds and woodpiles.
- Food consists mostly of small mammals, although they may also feed on small birds and eggs.
- They will kill larger prey by constriction.
- Hibernate in mammal burrows, rock cervices and house foundations, often communally (with other snakes) and emerge in mid-April.
- Typically remain undercover throughout the day and are active at night (nocturnal).
- Return to their hibernation sites by October.
- Lives on average 7-10 years.
- Mate in early spring, and lay 6-20 eggs in late June or early July under rotting logs and leaf litter;
- Maturity is reached after 4 years.
- Habitat loss, road mortality and direct persecution are the greatest threats to this snake.
Did you know?
- The Eastern Milksnake will vibrate its tail to make a rattle like sound as part of its defence.
For more information on the Eastern Milksnake: www.rom.on.ca/ontario/risk.php?doc_type=fact&lang=&id=291
For more information in Parry Sound District, please contact:
Georgian Bay Islands National Park
901 Wye Valley Road
Parry Sound OMNR
7 Bay St.