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Milk Snake Care Sheet

There are 25 different subspecies of Milk Snake.  Milk Snakes can be found in the USA, Mexico and Central American Countries such as Honduras and Guatemala. All Milk Snakes have a colour pattern consisting of red, black, and white bands.  The different spacing of these bands is used to identify different types of Milk Snake e.g Sinaloan Milk Snakes have a wide red area between the black and white bands, while Pueblan Milk Snakes have evenly spaced bands.  Pueblan Milk Snakes, Sinaloan Milk Snakes and Honduran Milk Snakes are the most commonly available Milk Snakes. These are the Milk Snakes I will disscuss in this article. Milk Snakes require a secure cage with a dry substrate such as corn cob. Provide a hiding box and use cage decorations such as logs, pieces of wood, rocks and artificial plants.  Heat the cage to between 25-30 degrees celsius by using a heat pad.  Cage size can vary with the type of Milk Snake you are keeping ; smaller subspecies  such as the Sinaloan Milk Snake and Pueblan Milk Snake can be kept in a cage measuring 60cm long by 30cm wide by 30cm high, larger subspecies such as Honduran Milk Snakes would require a cage measuring 90cm long by 45cm wide by 45 cm high.  Hatchling  Sinaloan Milk Snakes and Pueblan Milk Snakes will eat pinkie mice and adults would be able to eat small mice.  Adult Honduran  Milk Snakes would be able to eat large mice or rat weaners. Keep Milk Snakes separately because they will eat snakes of different species. Milk Snakes are also cannibalistic.