New Mexico Milksnake

Scientific Name: Lampropeltis Triangulum Celaenops

New Mexico Milksnake

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The New Mexico milksnake, known in scientific terms as Lampropeltis triangulum celaenops is a subspecies of the wider milk snakes that are of average size and have great color combinations in addition to being docile hence, appealing to many pet snake lovers. New Mexico milk snake hatchlings come in varying sizes between six to ten inches long. These grow up to any length in the range of sixteen to twenty four inches. Like many other milksnakes this will display a wide variety of bright colors although they normally have red, black, yellow, cream or white bands with the mouth appearing predominantly black.

New Mexico Milksnakes Are Beautiful Creatures

New Mexico Milksnake

Facts About New Mexico Milksnakes

Geographic Location

The New Mexico milksnake is a native of South America although it is also found in Texas in the United States. In the former, it is prevalent in many areas in New Mexico while in the latter it is common in West central Texas and Trans Pecos.


All of the areas mentioned above have terrain that is characterized by rocky grassland. The New Mexico milksnake also prefers to live in the thorny scrub that is found on the sidelines of the Rio Grande. 


These snakes prefer to move and undertake most of their activities at night. They hardly venture into water opting instead to stay on dry land. They are somewhat shy and are most comfortable if left alone.


They reproduce by laying eggs two to nine after mating. The copulation usually takes place between May and June while the eggs come a month later. After an incubation period of 60 days, these eggs give way to hatchlings.


Anyone keen on keeping the New Mexico milksnake must provide a perfect environment and the diet to ensure that it lives out its entire lifespan of twelve years. They can be fed small snakes, lizards, skinks and small mice.

New Mexico Milksnake
Snakes can’t bite food so they have to swallow it whole.