• Wind Cave National Park - Two Worlds

    Wind Cave

    National Park South Dakota

Snakes - Pale Milk Snake

Pale Milk Snake - Lampropeltis triangulum

Pale Milk Snake - Lampropeltis triangulum

NPS Photo

Milk snakes (Lampropeltis triangulum) may be found living in various habitats: open prairies, wooded stream valley and rocky canyons.
Though they are harmless to humans, many milk snakes are killed because of their resemblance to the venomous but non-aggressive coral snake, and because of the fallacious belief that milk snakes will steal milk from cows. Though milk snakes live in barns they pose no threat to cows and may actually help farmers by keeping the rodent population in check.
 
Pale Milk Snake - Lampropeltis triangulum
Pale Milk Snake - Lampropeltis triangulum
NPS Photo by Jack O'Brien

Did You Know?

A picture of Alvin McDonald in his caving hat.

Alvin McDonald was the first systematic explorer of Wind Cave. He explored the cave from 1890 until his death in 1893. More...