Spotted Phase Mexican Milk Snake

Lampropeltis triangulum annulata


This project, pictured in Vivarium Vol. 8 No 2 is a long term project.    Lots of time and even more luck.  One of the male annulata I acquired in the zonata/annulata trade was wild caught near Freer, Texas.  I try to breed my colony to produce unrelated offspring to offer the public.  In 1987 I happened to breed him to unrelated female and produced two clutches of eggs that year.  I kept one attractive female (#6) for a future breeder.  She was bred with different males, one each year, after she matured and produced young, but nothing spectacular.  In 1993 I bred her with an unrelated male (#8) and she produced two spotted babies, both females.  In 1994 she produced more spotted babies, fathered by #8.  All the spotted ones were female.  In 1996 I bred the father to one of the spotted and produced more spotted and normal looking ones.  This time one aberrant one was a male.  He is being grown and should breed in the 1998 season.  The picture I provided Vivarium was of poor quality (I wasn't quite ready to go public with this project, so I hadn't taken any really good pictures) and they cleaned it up quite a bit, but the animal is more attractive than it looks in the picture.  That is the history of the "Applegate annulata."  It is too soon to predict the future.

Other animals in the L. triangulum group:

Mexican Milk Snake (L. t. annulata)
Jalisco Milk Snake (L. t. arcifera)
Lake Chapala Milk Snake (L. t. ???)
Pueblan Milk Snake (L. t. campbelli)
New Mexico or Big Bend Milk Snake (L. t. celaenops)
Honduran Milk Snake (L. t. hondurensis)
Nelson's Milk Snake (L. t. nelsoni)
Sinaloan Milk Snake (L. t. sinaloae)

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