The snake species that depredated the most nests were milk snake
(Lampropeltis triangulum) (60% of all snake depredations) and western fox snake (Elaphe vulpina) (33%); both of which are associated with grasslands.
RSPCA inspector Mark Roberts, who collected the milk snake
, said: "The snake was very cold but still alive.
On peeling back the lid I was confronted by a very sorry sight: a small brightly coloured milk snake
had been coiled up tightly inside the container, and the lid secured on top of him.
"There are various exotic types of snakes in the Reptile Village, of various shapes and sizes, but the most popular species here are Royal Snakes, also referred to as King Snakes, or Milk Snakes
, or even Corn Snakes, and all are non-poisonous species."
She said milk snakes
were not as deadly as others with similar markings, such as coral snakes.
From a cottontail rabbit, who raises five tiny kits, to a yellow-spotted salamander, to a raccoon mother, milk snakes
, and more, each inhabitant finds safety and security while they need it, yet each has to move on when the time comes.
Subsequent tenants run the course of raccoons, milk snakes
, chipmunks and skunks.
* Milk snakes
and black rat snakes are frequently found in barns.
Campbell's Milk Snakes
(Lampropeltis triangulum campbell) are harmless and stay safe by imitating the coloration of the highly venomous Coral Snake.
Just a couple of weeks after mixing the solution up, I happened across a couple of sizable milk snakes
that were either mating or fighting (odd that these two activities should appear so similar to a noninvolved observer).
Among them: Bubba, OMSI's 13-foot long, 85-pound Burmese python; bearded dragon lizards; and Honduran milk snakes
. Live demonstrations are scheduled at 11 a.m.