Sunday, September 21, 2008

Mexican Milk Snakes

My birthday came a little early this year. I purchased 2 more snakes at the Wasatch Reptile Expo. I had made my mind up about what kind of snake I wanted to purchase next, but going to a reptile expo and seeing so many cool snakes all together quickly changed all that. Instead of standing at a distance and scowling at me, my wife actually helped pick out the Mexican Milk Snakes. The price made the snakes quite a bargain, which is great because every $10 I spend on snakes allows my wife to spend $1000 on whatever she wants (that is her rule). Milk Snakes (in all their varieties) are about the prettiest snake in the pet trade. Their beautifully contrasting bands of colors, small size, relatively low prices, and calm personalities make them an easy choice. (Important care note: Milk Snakes don't drink milk)


JLR said...

Those are pretty cool looking. Why are they called "Mexican Milk Snakes"?

Robby said...

Milk Snakes got this name because they are often found near barns where cows are milked. While they are really at the barn to eat rodents that hang out with the cows, early farmers believed that the snakes would latch on to an udder and suck milk. These farmers were likely farming more than just corn and wheat (more like medicinal herbs) because the idea of a snake doing this is just a hallucination.
Herper from the old school.

Robby said...

Utah Milk Snakes range in Utah. Honduran Milk Snakes range in Honduras. Mexican Milk Snakes range in ......? you guessed it: Mexico (and in my basement now).