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Eastern Milk Snake

Lampropeltis triangulum triangulum

Description:

This snake was extremely aggressive. It kept striking at me while I was taking its photo. Some milk snakes have a striking resemblance to coral snakes and this mimicry (known as Batesian mimicry) likely scares away potential predators. However, the Eastern milk snake (L. t. triangulum) does not resemble a coral snake; instead it tends to have similar markings to that of several other snakes, particularly the fox snake, scarlet snake and most importantly, the Massassauga rattlesnake.

Habitat:

Across the wide range of this species, habitat varies. Typically, milk snakes live in forested regions

Notes:

I spotted this at Fireman's park along a trail close to Mewburn Rd. It's one of the most aggressive snakes I've ever seen. It was also the first time I was able to see and photograph this species.

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5 Comments

dandoucette
dandoucette 9 years ago

Thanks everybody! These small snakes do seem to have something to prove. This snake was as equally as aggressive a northern brown snake I spotted a few months ago.
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/628...

ScottRasmussen
ScottRasmussen 9 years ago

Love those milk snakes, they're tough cookies!

textless
textless 9 years ago

Wonderful photo series.

misako
misako 9 years ago

Beautiful series of photos--I love snakes!

marylou.wildlife
marylou.wildlife 9 years ago

Beautiful pictures of a lovely snake!! Those smaller non-venomous snakes seem to have a lot more to prove :)

dandoucette
Spotted by
dandoucette

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Ontario, Canada

Spotted on Sep 22, 2011
Submitted on Sep 22, 2011

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