Guardian Nature School Team Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A global community of nature enthusiasts
photographing and learning about wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Project Noah Nature School visit nature school

Eastern Milk Snake

Lampropeltis triangulum triangulum


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.


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


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.

Species ID Suggestions

Sign in to suggest organism ID


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.

ScottRasmussen 9 years ago

Love those milk snakes, they're tough cookies!

textless 9 years ago

Wonderful photo series.

misako 9 years ago

Beautiful series of photos--I love snakes!

marylou.wildlife 9 years ago

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

Spotted by

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Ontario, Canada

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

Related Spottings

Speckled king snake Prairie king snake Prairie king snake Prairie kingsnake

Nearby Spottings

Robin and nest English Ivy White Sassafras Velvet Shank


Noah Guardians
Noah Sponsors

Join the Project Noah Team Join Project Noah Team