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Latin name: Lampropeltis triangulum sinaloae
This individual is a female, hatched on August 8th 2021 and is about 11” in length. She's eating live pink mice.
Temperament and general info: Sinaloan Milk snakes are one of the most widely available and popular milk snakes available in the hobby. Almost all specimens available are captive bred and come in a few different attractive morphs as well.
They can be skittish when young but will rarely ever bite. They tame down very quickly with consistent and gentle handling. They are overall a very docile and fun snake to keep.
Lifestyle and habitat: These snakes inhabit dry, semi-arid habitats of northern Mexico. They are mainly active at dawn and dusk and will take refuge under rocks or inside underground burrows during the heat of the day.
Like many king and milk snakes, Sinaloan Milk snakes evolved to have a color pattern mimicking the venomous coral snake. This is merely a defense mechanism as these snakes are, of course, non-venomous constrictors.
Size and lifespan: Sinaloan Milk snakes often reach lengths of 4'-6' with females growing larger than males. They can live up to 20 years in human care.
Quick care stats:
Temperatures: 90 degrees Fahrenheit in the basking area, 75 degrees Fahrenheit on the cool end.
It is important to have two thermometers: one on the floor of the warm side and one on the floor of the cool side for accurate measurement.
Humidity: 30%-40%. misting can be done 1x daily.
Tank size: 10-20 gallons for babies/juveniles, 40 gallons for adults.
Tank type: Standard rectangle-allow for good floor space. Make sure it has a secure sliding door/doors. Sit-atop screen lids for glass tanks are not recommended for these guys, snakes are escape artists!
Lighting: Both a heat pad and a dimmable heat lamp are recommended for snakes living in glass tanks. Use only a dimmable heat bulb for a wood or melamine tank. Thermostats are also helpful. Full spectrum UVB lighting is not required for this species but is highly recommended for all reptiles for overall welfare.
Substrate and furniture: Soil or bark substrate 2"deep or deeper. Provide lots of log and cave type hiding places and some low climbing areas. Provide a water dish that is large enough for the snake to curl up into for soaking.
Handling: Sinaloan Milk Snakes tolerate gentle handling well and can be handled several times per week. Just watch for signs of stress and try to limit sessions to 30-45 minutes.
When not to handle: After the snake has eaten, give them 2-3 days to digest their food before handling them again. When you first bring the snake home or move it to a new enclosure, wait at least 3 days before handling it to give it a chance to settle in to the new environment.
Feeding and frequency: every 4-5 days for babies, 1x per week for juveniles and adults. Prey item should be as wide as the widest part of the snake's body.