Lampropeltis triangulum (State Status: S3; vulnerable)
Eastern (aka Red) Milksnakes are found in a wide range of the northeast US, and can be found in northeast MS and in the Mississippi River delta. Morphology is highly variable throughout their range; in Mississippi they are generally blotched red and cream color, with black outlining the red patterns. Snout is usually cream-colored, but may be red. Venter is usually white or cream with dark checkering. Habitats include rocky hillsides, bottomland hardwood forests, wetlands, and pine forests. They are highly secretive and usually only active at night. They may be found resting during the day beneath rocks and logs. Eastern Milksnakes eat small mammals, frogs, snakes, and lizards.
- Light tan or white body with large red blotches surrounded by thin black border
- Snout generally light, head cream or red color
Woodlands, bottomland hardwood forests
Secretive, often under logs, bark etc during the day. Nocturnal
Eats small mammals, frogs, lizard, other snakes