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milk snake

n.
Any of various subspecies of the king snake Lampropeltis triangulum, ranging from the eastern and central United States south to Ecuador and often having red, black, and yellow or white bands. Also called house snake, milk adder.

[From the folk belief that the snakes (which are commonly seen around the barns where they hunt rodents) suck milk from cows.]

milk snake

n
(Animals) a nonvenomous brown-and-grey North American colubrid snake Lampropeltis doliata, related to the king snakes

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n.
any of numerous, usu. brightly marked king snakes of the subspecies Lampropeltis triangulum (doliata), of North America.
[1790–1800]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.milk snake - nonvenomous tan and brown king snake with an arrow-shaped occipital spotmilk snake - nonvenomous tan and brown king snake with an arrow-shaped occipital spot; southeastern ones have red stripes like coral snakes
king snake, kingsnake - any of numerous nonvenomous North American constrictors; feed on other snakes and small mammals
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Eastern milk snakes are sometimes confused with the deadly coral snake.
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Milk snakes are nonvenomous constrictors, generally quite placid and are kept as pets.
Once he realised our reporter didn't have any expertise in keeping snakes he refused to hand it over, offering him harmless breeds instead like corn and milk snakes.
He said the state gets plenty of rattlesnake calls every summer, and investigations usually reveal the snakes are milk snakes, even though there are some species of rattlesnakes in Massachusetts.
Luckily for me, milk snakes are completely harmless; but the poor snake itself had absolutely no room to move, and there was a total disregard for the reptile's need of light, heat, and even water.
There are various exotic types of snakes in the Reptile Village, of various shapes and sizes, but the most popular species here are Royal Snakes, also referred to as King Snakes, or Milk Snakes, or even Corn Snakes, and all are non-poisonous species.
She said milk snakes were not as deadly as others with similar markings, such as coral snakes.
Red milk snakes were not encountered during recent surveys.