All hatched on
September 26, 2016, from a pair of 20 year old adults. The adults were
purchased as unrelated hatchlings in 1997 from John Meltzer. The parents
of mine were imported from Honduras as hatchlings in 1993. So these are
(as far as I know) pure blood Hondurensis, het. for nothing.
All are feeding
weekly on frozen thawed hopper mice, some right out of my hand. They're
big and beautiful when left alone, but be warned: When picked up and
excited they are very good at projectile crapping! They should all tame
down nicely though in another year or so.
I currently have 4 males
and 1 female available:
I've given each one
a nick-name based on physical appearance. Sorry if they're not very
imaginative, but it's all I got for now. You can certainly name them
whatever you want.
Both parents have a noticeable 'bulls-eye' pattern on their bellies. This one is the pick of the litter of the males.
He's the smallest one of the bunch, and has plenty of black tipping on the scales.
A classic 'Strawberry Milksnake'.
I need a better name for him, but when I popped him, only one hemi-pene
appeared. Don't know if that would have an effect as a future breeder,
but just thought you might like to know that.
Named after the 'Widow's Peak' on his head.
Obvious name for this one. Has an especially gorgeous clean belly pattern.
'Ducky' here had an
unfortunate encounter with a strip of duct tape when she was very
small. She looked pretty rough for a while, but as you can see, that
scar on her neck is the only remnant.
This one started
out as a troublesome feeder. Shes fine now, and never refuses a meal.
She was in shed for the photo, so she has a slightly pink tone.
And here are the parents:
'Tang' the male.
Close to 5 feet long and still just as gorgeous as the day I bought him.
And here is the female:
She gradually got
dark as she grew, and was pretty nasty too, but after a few years her
color actually became brighter and she tamed down quite a bit. She
measures in at 6 feet long.
Here's the happy
couple busy mixing up a new batch. I was actually going
to retire her from breeding 3 years ago, then the previous owner asked
if I still had any of the old line left, as the last of his eventually
died out. Glad I did too, as she has double-clutched each year since
then. Not all of her eggs have been fertile though, but Last year was
her peak performance with a clutch of 11 Huge eggs, and two sets of
Down below is the life history of the
Eastern Milk snake, native to the area.
Eastern Milksnake: These medium
sized snakes are nearly identical to Fox Snakes including size, habits and
coloration. However...they belong to an entirely different group: (Lampropeltis
triangulum) The name "Milksnake" originated from the southern Appalachian region
where farmers were convinced that their Cows were being milked dry by these 3-4
foot long snakes.
An erroneous belief...for all snakes have lots of very
tiny very Sharp teeth that no Cow in the world would stand for! It's more
likely that they were in the barns hunting for Mice. (Of which they consume a
great many of every Summer) These snakes also eat a wide variety of prey items
including: Mice, small Rats, nestling Birds, eggs, Frogs and Other Snakes!!! The
Milksnakes in south
Minnesota are renowned for being the most dull, colorless variety in the whole
upper mid-west! (In other parts of the country they exhibit a wide array of
reds, tans, gold and even a rare "greenish" color phase. (The individual
to the left portrays the most common color variety around here. The rust colored
one up above was the prettiest one I've ever seen!) However...They seem to have
a subdued beauty all
own as adults. Hatchlings, on the other hand, often times have brilliant Red
blotches on a creamy white background. These snakes are probably the most rarely
seen of all our snakes. They might be a lot more common than we think. The only
problem is they are experts at hiding! They spend most of the daytime buried
just below the surface in the grass and leaf litter and apparently only come out
at night during the hot Summer months. About the only time you'll ever see one
of these is late in the year (Indian Summer) when hatchlings are out seeking
places to hibernate. I average only about 1 or 2 sightings of these mysterious
creatures a year. I've been told that these Snakes were extremely common in and
around the New Ulm area! Stories abounded of the poor local residents being
tormented by Milksnakes trying to move into their basement foundations in the
Fall. (I'd like to find out if this is still true) If so...Just leave them alone. They'll come and go without
causing any trouble at all. (In fact they'll take all your pesky Mice out with
them when they leave in the Spring) If the mere idea of this is truly
Horrifying...PLEASE don't kill them! Call ME instead. I've been wanting to
obtain an adult pair for further research and to get some better photos.