Milk Snake, Lampropeltis triangulum
Each spring we find several individuals of eastern milk snake, Lampropeltis triangulum, in our "snake hotel" in our biodiversity garden. We always find this snake in the same sunny area of our garden, where there is an old rock pile left by the previous owners of our home. Realizing the snakes prefer this rock pile, we've kept it and named it our snake hotel. Eastern milk snake is a beautiful animal, harmless to humans, and an essential component of our environment as it consumes small rodents and keeps their populations in check. The milk snake is listed as Special Concern under the Ontario Endangered Species Act. Read more about the current status of the milk snake on the website of Ontario Nature. The short video and images below are from 16 June 2012 in our biodiversity garden in London, Ontario.