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Phyllomedusa bicolor
Phyllomedusa bicolor

Care Sheet

Honduran Milk Snake (Lampropeltis triangulum hondurensis)


Common names: Honduran Milk Snake

Size: 90-150cm is average.

Age: Up to 20 years.

Difficulty: Low. They make great pets due to small relatively size and easy husbandry.

Temperature: 75-82°F.

Humidity: Medium. This species should be spraying lightly daily. Water needs to be changed everyday.

Housing: 90x45x45 (3ft) is perfectly adequate for an adult Honduran Milk Snake. Small plastic enclosures such as breeder boxes and small faunariums are suitable for hatchling and juvenile Milk.

Heating: Dependent on what enclosures you are heating. Plastic enclosures can be heated using heat mats, whereas wooden vivariums or similar housing should be space heated using bulbs, ceramic heaters or heat plates.

The three most important things to remember when heating any enclosure are:

  • Ensure the animal cannot burn itself with the correct fitting of the heat source and protecting it with a guard.
  • Choose the appropriate wattage for the size enclosure. This can help further reduce the risk burns and overheating (it can also help save energy!)
  • Always using an appropriate thermostat. (Refer to Thermostat Guide)

Substrate: Orchid Bark is a widely used medium for keeping Honduran Milk Snake on. However Eco Earth and wood chip can also be used. Unprinted newspaper is perfect as hygienic flooring, although it does need to be changed quite regularly.

Diet: Defrosted mice.

Natural Distribution: Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica

Things to note: Milk Snakes, like Kings, must me housed alone as they are cannibalistic.