Andean Milksnake Fact Sheet

Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Colubridae
Genus: Lampropeltis
Species:

triangulum andesiana 

Life span:

Can be more than 15 years under human care

Egg Gestation:

Females lay 12-20 eggs that hatch after about 2 months

Number of young at birth:

12-20

Size:

Up to 6 ft long

 

 

Facts:

  • Found in the Andes Mountain Range in Columbia. Live in forested areas from about 750 to 9,000 feet in elevation, under rotting logs and woodland debris. 
  • Because they live at high elevations, they can withstand lower temperatures that other snakes.
  • Eats small rodents, birds, amphibians, lizards and other snakes, including venomous species.
  • Mimics the Coral Snake in coloration which is a venomous cobra. The Milksnake, however, is not venomous.
  • Vibrates its tail to sound like a rattlesnake in order to scare away predators.