|Name: Black Milk Snake
|Scientific name: Lampropeltis triangulum gaigeae
|Range: North America
|Habitat: Farmlands, grasslands bordering woodlands, and rock outcroppings, especially near waterways.
|Status: Not threatened
|Diet in the wild: Mice, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, reptile eggs, birds and birds eggs
|Diet in the zoo: Just regular size mice
|Location in the zoo: In the Herpetarium, the 3rd section with the coral snake bench. The last window, on the right at the bottom. It is right before you enter the Lizards section.
physiological or behavioral adaptations:
The snakes are active from April to September. Mating takes place in spring early summer. The female lays about 10 eggs in an area that is selected for its high humidity and warmth. Incubation lasts from 28 to 39 days. In the fall the baby snakes hatch from their eggs. They are 5 to 10 inches at hatching and have the most spectacular coloration they will ever have. They also vibrate their tails and release musk.
the black milk snake of the Fort Worth Zoo:
The black milk snake was given to the Ft. Worth Zoo when it was a baby. It was born at another zoo. It has been part of the Ft. Worth Zoo for about 7 years now. They are really thankful to have this snake because it has bring joy and excitement to the zoo keeper.
When I stood there watching the Black Milk Snake, he really did not do much. he just lay there staring through the window at you. I stood there for a very long time, and he did nothing but stare. This is a type of animal that is more fun watching in the wild than in a closed up window.
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