Milksnake
Lampropeltis triangulum
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Colubridea
Genus
Lampropeltis
Species
Triangulum

Description (physical description of your organism: size, weight, color, special markings etc...)
The Milksnake is a slender-bodied snake that can grow 24-36 inches long. It has smooth shiny scales. pattern of black then white bands separated by brown-red dorsal saddles. It’s belley has a black and white checkerboard pattern. The Milk Snake constricts it’s prey using just enough pressure to stop airflow to
the lungs. When confronted a Milk Snake will either become motionless or try to crawl away. If further pestered the Milk Snake will attempt to bite repeatedly however it’s fangs can barely puncture the skin.

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Habitat (where your organism can be found in or around the lake)
Milk Snakes are commonly found in forested areas meadows and river bottoms. Milk Snakes will also venture into cities in search of food. Milk Snakes also live on or near farms because of the number of mice and other small rodents that live there. In Spring and Fall the Milk Snake is very active during the day but in Winter and Summer the snake mostly ventures out at night.


Predators and Prey (what your organism eats and what eats it)

Milk Snakes prey on rodents, birds, eggs, lizards, and other snakes. The Milk Snake will also eat other small snakes. Predators include Coyotes, skunks, raccoons, foxes and birds of prey.



Native or Invasive (if invasive (non-native), when and how did it get into or around the lake)
The Milk Snake is native to Vermont, and can be found all across the United States of America.






Form vs. Function (how does your organism’s form (body structure) help it to function (survive)
The Milk Snake uses muscles in its middle section to constrict it's prey. The Milk Snake uses it's long, slender body to slither along the ground. It's scaled surface helps it move smoothly over surfaces. The brown blotches on it's back help it blend into forested areas.

Interesting Facts (such as: special adaptations and/or behaviors that help your organism to survive)
The Milk Snake got it’s name because of the myth that it would milk cows at night.

People often kill Milk Snakes because of it’s resemblance to the Northern Copperhead Snake.




Resources (provide proper documentation of all resources used, including links)
Remember, you may not just copy information from websites, you must put all information into your own words!

http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Home/species_a_to_z/SpeciesGuideIndex/easternmilksnake/tabid/6612/Default.aspx

http://www.oplin.org/snake/fact%20pages/milk_snake/milk_snake.html

http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/reptiles_amphibians/snakes_turtles/milksnake.html

http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/wildlife/information/?s=030029