The Milk Snake is a medium-sized snake, with adults ranging from 24 to 36 inches in length.
They are active from April to October, then return to winter dens which are usually mammal burrows or rocky crevices for hibernation.
The flashy coloration is supposed to mimic venomous coral snakes; however, coral snakes do not occur in South Dakota.
Coloration is white with large red bands between blacks rings running the length of their body.
These rings can extend onto the belly or the belly can be white and unmarked.
Juvenile coloration is the same as adults' coloration.
Milk snakes eat small mammals, lizards, and other snakes.
Typically, large prey is constricted, but small prey is not.
Interactions with other animals
Other snakes, weasels, coyotes, foxes, and birds of prey eat this species.
Last updated: January 9, 2024
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