Detail photo - Pueblan Milk Snake

DESCRIPTION: The eye is all black, and the snout has some speckled white on it.

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These milk snakes are from the arid high deserts of eastern Morelos, southern Puebla, and northern Oaxaca, Mexico. They are nocturnal and hunt small rodents, birds, amphibians, and even other small snakes. During the day, they sleep curled up in small spaces.

Pueblan milk snakes have a place in the hearts of pet owners. Docile, non-venomous, and easy to take care of, they are a perfect snake for the beginner, and are one of the most common bought as pets. They are colorful, with bands of red, black, and white, and are small enough to live in a standard vivarium.

One reason Pueblan milk snakes are so popular as pets is because they are so easy to tame. Handling them is safe and easy. They like being active and like being taken out of their enclosure for exercise. If they become alarmed, they will excrete an unpleasant musky smell, but will calm down over time.

Feeding them in captivity consists of a diet of mice and rats. When choosing a rodent size, it is important to pay attention to the size of the snake. The rodent should be small enough to fit the size of their mouth, but large enough to create a visible bump in their body once ingested.

The vivarium should be set up with heating equipment to keep the cool blooded milk snake warm, ideally 85 degrees or so. A heating mat or a light bulb with a dimmer switch and bulb guard can be used and the heat should only cover about one-third of the surface area. A cool space on the other side of the vivarium should be created for temperature regulation.

Milk snakes like small hiding places. Owners should create two of them; one in the warmth and one in the cool area. They should be able to find a safe, relaxing space on each side for easier control of their body temperature.

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Running a wildlife removal business in the state of Florida gives me the chance to see all kinds of interesting snakes! Florida has about 45 species of snake, and I've seen 29 of them so far. I've always got my eye out for new species, and I love spotting rare snakes in Florida. I also have a thing for venomous snakes - they're not too common in FL, so I always enjoy the chance to see a poisonous serpent. I really like snakes, and I've never hurt or killed one. They're an important part of the ecosystem, and often persecuted. Still, if you don't want snakes in your house or on your property, and judging from the number of phone calls I receive regarding snake problems, you don't, then give me or a local snake expert in your area a call, and we can remove the snakes from your property for you. I use many snake control methods - from snake traps, to snake repellents, to habitat modification, but most of all, good old-fashioned capture and removal. If you want to learn more, please read my How To Get Rid of Snakes page.

AAAnimal Control is a privately owned wildlife removal and pest control business, located in Orlando Florida. I deal strictly with wild animals including snakes inside houses. I am not an extermination company, but a critter removal and control specialist. The above photos are some of the many that I've taken in the field over my years of work. Please email me if you have any questions about the above photographs, or any questions about wildlife problems or Florida snake removal issues.

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