Honduran Milk Snake

Honduran milk Snake at Wingham Wildlife Park

Honduran Milk Snake Natural History

Size

As an adult this species generally grow up to 1.2 meters (4 ft) but individuals over 1.8 meters (6 ft) have been known.

Habitat and Distribution

Honduran milk snakes occur throughout the rainforests of Honduras, Nicaragua and northern Costa Rica.

Age

In captivity they can live up to 22 years.

Diet

These snakes will eat small mammals such as mice and voles, lizards, birds and insects.

Groups and Breeding

Mating generally occurs during May and females lay up to 18 eggs two months later. The eggs then hatch after a 10 week incubation period. The temperature of the eggs during the incubation period determines the sex of the offspring as is the case with many reptiles. In this species males hatch from eggs incubated at warmer temperatures and females hatch from eggs incubated at cooler temperatures.

Threats

Although these snakes are common across their range, their numbers are in decline due to being run over on roads, habitat loss and being killed by humans who often believe they are dangerous.

Interesting facts

Milk snakes get their name from the belief that they drank cow milk as they were often seen in barns where cows are kept. The snakes were actually hunting rodents which are commonly found in barns and stables.

The Honduran Milk Snake During Your Day Out in Kent

The Honduran milk snake at Wingham Wildlife Park can be seen in the reptile house next to the pet village. This area is also home to a number of crocodilian, snake, gecko, turtle, tortoise and lizard species as well as several invertebrates including tarantulas and scorpions.