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Honduran Milk Snake is calm, gentle, and peaceful. They are typically docile and hardy species that is perfect for beginners. Milksnakes are among the most popular breed of pet snake in America. This is one of the most popular Milksnake subspecies.
Size: They can reach 4 feet and sometimes exceed 6 feet in length. Their average weight is about 2.8 pounds. This breed is harmless and non-venomous.
Temperament & Personality: These snakes are known for their imitation of the markings and behavior of the venomous coral snake. They lead potential predators by to believing they are dealing with a dangerous animals by mimicry of a rattlesnake or more venomous snake.
Milksnakes use quick, jerky movements so that their bands flash, startling predators. Their bright colors signal danger and often confuse predators making these snakes hard to follow. They can be a bit nervous, so watch out for bites. They are generally easy to handle and docile, however, some of the subspecies’ adults can be quite nervous. Many hatchlings tend to be nippy, too, but will settle down after a few minutes of gentle handling.
Cage Requirements: The milk snake's vivarium should be at least 860mm (34") in length. They require a proportionate amount of space to live happily. The enclosure needs to be warm at one end, but have enough distance for the temperature to drop at the cool end.
During the day, Honduran milk snakes require a warm basking area . This is achieved by using a clear spot bulb at one end of the vivarium. To accomplish the required basking temperature of 85oF- 90oF we use one 40w basking light in a 3ft enclosure. At night milk snakes require a slight drop in temperature and total darkness. At night time temperature of 80oF is created by using a heat mat. These radiate heat but produce no light. The heat mat should always be controlled by a good quality thermostat. The vivarium can be decorated with artificial plants. A hiding spot at each end of the enclosure is needed and will allow the snake to move freely and thermoregulate without feeling insecure.
Diet: They should be fed weekly on defrosted pinky mice, as the snake grows the food size should be increased until the snake is taking large mice or even jumbos. Adult milk snakes can be fed once every two weeks as they can become overweight if fed weekly.
Grooming Requirements: A water bowl large enough for the snake to get in should be provided on the cool end of the enclosure.
Colors: Two coloration varieties, known as the tricolored and the tangerine phase. Usually, their base color is red with very distinct rings or bands of black and yellow, the tricolored.
History: The Honduran milksnake is known to occur in forest floor and grassland habitat throughout subtropical lowland areas of Honduras, Nicaragua and extreme northern Costa Rica. Hondurans may be found from sea level to higher up into mountainous terrain, with specimens reported at elevations of up to 5,000 feet. There is usually little seasonal variation in climate this close to the equator.
Origin: Nicaragua, Northeastern Costa Rica, Caribbean slope of Honduras
Life span: 15 - 20 years
Temperament: calm, gentle, peaceful, docile and hardy
Colors: Red bands of black and yellow.