A very pretty Eastern milksnake from a while back! This is the only species of Lampropeltis (king and milksnakes) found in New York State, where it is commonly found on rocky hillsides and fields with lots of cover. They get the common name “milk snake” because they are often found around barns; there is an old wive’s tale that they steal milk from dairy cattle! In reality, they are carnivorous and wouldn’t want anything to do with milk or even have the ability to extract it from a cow 😂. What they are good at doing in barns, however, is helping to keep rodent populations in check! In addition to rodents, they will also eat other herps and birds (on the rare occasion that they’d get the opportunity). Unfortunately, Eastern milks are often mistaken for venomous copperheads and get killed far too often. These guys and their other Lampropeltis kin, however, will actually eat copperheads and other venomous snakes when given the chance! So for those who would rather not have venomous species on their property, keep that info in mind next time you see a milksnake or kingsnake. They could be doing you a favor! • • • #fieldherping#wildlife#nature#newyork#longisland#critters#pinebarrens#lipinebarrens#conservation#bio#esfherpclub#herp#reptile#snake#snakesofinstagram#easternmilksnake#animals#macro#nikon
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Most of the plants in this new enclosure are fake! There is a live Pothos and Snake Plant. Since this is my first run in with live plants I wanted to just do a couple that I see often and know are beginner level. Once I get the hang of things I'll slowly replace the fake with more live. They are heavy and active frogs so I need to see how well the plants do against them. 🌱
Frog Mansion: Complete 🐸 My two angels went from a 18x18x18 to a 24x18x36 today. I am over the moon, incredibly happy to see them be in something they deserve. They have a functioning waterfall, live plants and a soft carpet of moss. I can't wait until these plants grow in and cover more of the empty space (picked out hardy plants for the fat boys). Thank you so much to @exotic.entities for conspiring behind my back with Chris to get me this Exo Terra for Valentine's Day. Couldn't have done this without both of you. Additional early thank you to Grant @gx3reptiles who is giving me some leaf litter tomorrow, I am so excited because I know it will just add an additional depth of beauty. I could just stare at this all day.