Eastern Milksnake Lampropeltis triangulum (LaCépède, 1789) triangulum  Synonyms: Eastern Milk Snake.

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The Eastern Milksnake (Lampropeltis triangulum triangulum) ranges through a great variety of habitats, from woodland, field edges, powerline rights-of-way, to wetlands and marshes, farmland, to rocky slopes, and dense mats of vegetation. This snake is a versatile predator of a wide range of prey (mostly small mammals, reptiles/amphibians, and various eggs), which it often seeks out under cover objects or in vegetation. The name "milk snake" stems from an old wives tale suggesting that these snakes, frequently sighted around or in barns, would suckle from the udders of dairy cattle. In reality, they are of course seeking rodents. This subspecies is found roughly from the Fall Line through the piedmont, into western Maryland. It is replaced by another subspecies on the coastal plain (Tennant, 2003; Maryland DNR site).

There are 77 records in the project database.

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An Eastern Milksnake in Montgomery Co., Maryland (7/23/2015). Photo by Justin Lee. (MBP list)

An Eastern Milksnake in Frederick Co., Maryland (5/5/2018). Photo by Jakob Cackowski. (MBP list)

An Eastern Milksnake in Montgomery Co., Maryland (7/17/2017). Photo by Justin Lee. (MBP list)

An Eastern Milksnake in Allegany Co., Maryland (5/21/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

An Eastern Milksnake in Montgomery Co., Maryland (9/30/2017). Photo by Justin Lee. (MBP list)

An Eastern Milksnake in Garrett Co., Maryland (7/1/2006). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

An Eastern Milksnake in Frederick Co., Maryland (5/13/2014). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

Eastern Milksnake in Montgomery Co., Maryland (9/11/2016). Photo by Justin Lee. (MBP list)

An Eastern Milksnake in Harford Co., Maryland (4/28/2018). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

An Eastern Milksnake in Harford Co., Maryland (4/28/2018). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

Eastern Milksnake in Montgomery Co., Maryland (7/19/2014). Photo by Justin Lee. (MBP list)

An Eastern Milksnake in Montgomery Co., Maryland (11/8/2014). Photo by Justin Lee. (MBP list)

An Eastern Milksnake in Carroll Co., Maryland (7/30/2017). Photo by Don Jewell. (MBP list)

An Eastern Milksnake in Baltimore Co., Maryland (5/26/2014). Photo by Warren Wilson. (MBP list)

An Eastern Milksnake in Harford Co., Maryland (11/28/2015). Photo by John Landers. (MBP list)

An Eastern Milksnake in Harford Co., Maryland (4/28/2018). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

An Eastern Milksnake in Allegany Co., Maryland (11/4/2017). Photo by Kimberly Booth. (MBP list)


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