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Milk Snakes – Some Fun Facts You Probably Did Not Know

MILK SNAKES

MILK SNAKES. You must be wondering as to why anyone would want to name this snake the Milk Snake.  This name comes from many years ago when farmers found this snake in their barns.  The farmers thought that these snakes would wrap themselves around the cows legs and drink their milk at night.  Farmers in that time would despise these snakes for that reason.  Obviously they were wrong as these snakes do not drink milk and actually caused no harm to any farm animals.

Milk snakes come in a variety of colours – from the red and back ones to the albino snakes which are white and red.  You also get the brown snake with dark brown blotches. They look a lot more different to the regular one.

These snakes actually make for a great pet but you will need an enclosure for the snake to stay in.


ENCLOSURE SETUP

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If you want an enclosure like the one above you can check on this link.  This is the most basic enclosure and probably the best one for a beginner.  There are other better snake enclosures like this one ===> Snake Enclosure.  You will also need Aspin Fiber, about two inches or so that the snake can bury themselves if they want.

Once you have added the Aspin Fiber you must spray the Aspin with Dust Mite Spray – this is a preventative measure.  Once you have sprayed a bit in close the lid for a few seconds.  After you have taken the lid off you must let the enclosure air for another ten minutes.  The anti mite spray can be bad for the snake.

SETTING UP THE INSIDE OF THE ENCLOSURE

The enclosure will have to be divided into two sections, the warm section and the cool section.  The warmer section should be about 80 degree and the cooler end must be at room temperature.  You will need to hides for the snake, one for the warmer end and the other for the cooler end.

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You can also add a paper roll like the one I got above to put into the Aspin.  This will be a great hideout for the snake and an extra place for it to go.  On the cool end you can add your water dish.   Next to the warm hideout you can then add your humidity box.

HOW TO MAKE A HUMIDITY BOX

It is very important that you have  a humidity box inside of the enclosure.  You do not need any  fancy gadget or humidity sensor as most of them do not work anyway.  The humidity box is any tupperware box and fill it up half way with damp moss.  The moss must not be soaking wet and when you look at the bottom of the box you do not want to see any water.  You will then need to cut a hole in the top of the tupperware box like the picture below:

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Do not make the hole on the side of the box because when the snake comes out it will pull all the moss out with it.  The snake will mostly use this box to shed its skin off, after the snake has got used to using the box he will make perfect shreds each time.  For bigger snakes you must use a bigger box and put it near the warmer end so that the humidity inside the box can really get high.  Once the snake has figured out how to enter the box they will use them all the time.

IMPORTANT POINT TO REMEMBER ABOUT THE HUMIDITY BOX

The snake might want to never leave this box and they love the feeling of the damp moss on the skin.  But it is actually not a good thing to leave this box in the snake enclosure for the long run or for more than a few days or until the snake has shed its skin.  The reason is because the snakes skin will get damaged.  So it is wise to take it out now and again.

HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN A SNAKE IS ABOUT TO SHED

You will notice that the snake will have blue or cloudy looking eyes.  This will be the right time to add your humidity box.  The cloudiness or blue looking eyes are from an oil the snake excretes between the two skins so that the old skin can slide off.

The humidity box is useful as it will keep the oil and the snakes skin hydrated.


MILK SNAKE FACTS:

THE MILK SNAKE IS PART OF THE…

The milk snake is park of the King Snake family and is actually a little cannibalistic so it will not be wise to add more than one in an enclosure.

THEY HAVE GREAT APPETITES

These snakes love to eat so when you are feeding them you must be careful.  This is not because they are mean or something but rather because they think everything is food at that time.  So be careful when picking them up after a meal.

LOOK A LIKE?

This snake tries it best to mimic the Coral Snake, the Coral snake is a highly venomous snake and this is the Milk Snakes way of scaring away predators.

WHAT SIZE DO THEY GROW TO?

In their adulthood they can grow up to four feet long.

6-8 EGGS

Each female milk snake can have up to 6-8 eggs for each breeding period.

DIFFERENT TYPES OF MILK SNAKES:

PUEBLAN MILK SNAKE

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These snakes are one of the more popular Milk Snakes as they are super hardy and do very well in captivity.  They get to about 30-40 inches long and this makes them one of the smaller species of the Milk Snakes.  They love eating Pinky mice and have no issue at all eating.

SINALOAN MILK SNAKE

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These are also a very commonly kept Milk Snake.  They are much more red than the others, their red, black and white patterns is know as a triad.  These guys are from Central America and get a little larger than the others, maxing out at about 4-5 foot.  They are also much more squirmy than the other Milk Snakes making them not as easy to handle.

NELSON’S MILK SNAKE

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The Nelson’s range in a lot of different colors like albino colour and like the one above.

MEXICAN MILK SNAKE

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The Mexican Milk snake come from? You guessed right – Mexico!…

The snakes grow to a maximum of 24 inches, they are also super hardy and make for a great pet.  When breeding they can give up to 10 eggs at a time.  They are easy to feed, you can even give them a frozen Pinky Mouse – right off the bat.

CAN MILK SNAKES BITE?

Milk snakes can bite if you pick them up just after they have been fed.  But on the whole whey are very harmless and will not want to bite you.  If you have a snake like this in your yard they will actually help you as you will not have any rats running around.

ARE MILK SNAKES BITE VENOMOUS?

No, their bite is not venemous at all and will do you no harm if they do bite.

Please take some time to read about the 4 most docile snakes.

 

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