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Back to Education IndexThe Nelson's milksnake (Lampropeltis triangulum nelsoni) is a subspecies of king snake that is found in Mexico from southern Guanajuato and central Jalisco to the Pacific Coast. It is also found on the narrow plains of north-western Michoacán and on the Tres Marias Islands. The range of this snake appears to be tied to the proximity of watercourses, including ones utilized for irrigation and agriculture, this species is named in honour of Edward W. Nelson who worked for the U.S. Biological Survey from 1890, becoming chief in 1916.
. The Nelson’s Milksnake is a subspecies of the milksnake (Lampropeltis triangulum). It is similar in size to other king snakes, averaging 42 inches (110 cm) long, and like them, is nonvenomous. Habitat: Semi-arid coastal thorn scrub and interior tropical deciduous forests.
Nelsons are opportunistic feeders, their diet consists of mainly birds, small rodents, lizards, amphibians, and other snakes, including venomous species. It has a natural tolerance to the venoms of many native snakes.
The snake has 13 to 18 red rings and commonly has a dark-flecked light snout (in rare cases, the snout is mostly black). While the red bands are quite wide, the black ones are noticeably thinner, and the white is very thin. There is practically no black tipping on both the white and the red scales.
This page is about the stunning Nelsons Milksnake(Lampropeltis triangulum nelsoni)
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