milk snake


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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

milk′ snake`


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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Biology professor Bradley Cosentino identified the pictured snake as a non-venomous milk snake, a common snake species.
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An appeal has been launched by RSPCA Cymru after the "lethargic" two-footlong milk snake was discovered near Ysgol y Foryd, Kinmel Bay, last week.
The milk snake is thought to have been a pet which was either abandoned or had escaped.
The snake species that depredated the most nests were milk snake (Lampropeltis triangulum) (60% of all snake depredations) and western fox snake (Elaphe vulpina) (33%); both of which are associated with grasslands.
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I'd never heard of a milk snake, but if Jake's dad could put a name to the thing, I figured he knew more than I did.
The Pueblan milk snake, similar to the one pictured above, was found in a garden at Oak Close, Bradley, Wrexham, on Tuesday by the homeowner who contacted the RSPCA.
2:18 a.m.: Newell Hill Road, large milk snake in the boiler room around wires.
I took this photo of a milk snake attempting to eat another snake in our yard!
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