Honduran Milk Snake

The Honduran Milk Snake, is an egg laying species of nonvenomous snake. It is one of the more commonly bred milk snakes in captivity and is one of the larger milk snakes, reaching a length of 5 feet.

The Honduran milk snake’s base colour is red with distinct rings or bands of black and yellow. It inhabits low to medium elevations of the tropical areas of Honduras, Nicaragua, and northeastern Costa Rica.

The Honduran milk snake uses constriction to kill its prey. They tend to eat other snakes, including venomous snakes, lizards, rodents, birds and eggs.

Honduran Milk Snake @ Safari Niagara

  • The Honduran Milk Snake can be found at the Safari Niagara reptile house.
  • It can sometimes be found at our Travelling Zooniversity Outreach shows.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Colubridae
Genus: Lampropeltis
Species: L. triangulum

Did you know?

  • In captivity, Honduran Milk Snakes must be housed alone because they are cannibalistic.
  • The colouring of the Honduran Milk Snake helps to protect the snake from potential predators.
  • Hatchlings are 8 inches long and darker in colour than their parents when they emerge from eggs.