Can you pick up a wild milk snake?

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asked Sep 23, 2022 in Snakes by Timweaver (2,910 points)
Can you pick up a wild milk snake?

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answered Sep 23, 2022 by Kgarfield (9,410 points)
You can pick up a wild milk snake if you are able to get close enough to it without it seeing you and taking off or trying to bite you.

However if you do pick up a wild milk snake you should wear thick gloves as they can and do bite but they are not poisonous.

Although it's best to leave wild milk snakes alone and not try to pick them up unless you know how to handle snakes.

The milk snake is not poisonous to humans and is nonvenomous to humans.

Milk snakes are pretty harmless to humans although they can bite when they are provoked or feel threatened.

A good way to identify a milk snake is to look at it's colors as milk snakes are most often red, white and yellow body.

A red Milk snake has a white or yellow body with red, reddish-brown, or orange-red, black-bordered blotches on the back.

Small, black markings also occur along the sides.

Red milk snakes are as big as 21 inches to 28 inches long when full grown and they can be aggressive when threatened or when you get too close to them.

The easiest way to tell the difference between a milk snake and a scarlet snake is the size as scarlet snakes such as the scarlet king snake is smaller than the milk snake although they are the same species.

A red Milk snake has a white or yellow body with red, reddish-brown, or orange-red, black-bordered blotches on the back.

Small, black markings also occur along the sides.

The Scarlet Kingsnake has a red snout and alternating bands of red, black, and yellow the length of the body in which red touches black but not yellow.

The Scarlet Kingsnake is considerably smaller than the milk snake although they are the same species.

King Snakes and Milk Snakes are the same as well.

The difference between a king snake and a milk snake is the name as king snakes and milk snakes are actually the same snake.

The milk snakes are one species that belong to the wider genus of king snakes.

The snake that is most often mistaken for a copperhead snake is the milk snake which is very similar in appearance to the copperhead snake.

You can tell a copperhead from a milk snake by appearance of the colors of the snake as the copperhead snake has a much richer copper tone to it's skin color.

The snake that looks like a milk snake is the copperhead snake.

Copperhead snakes are very similar in looks to the milk snake.

The basic color of the milk snake and copperhead snake is rusty brown, but the copperhead has a much richer copper tone.

Furthermore, both species of snakes have dark bands that cross over the back and reach down the sides.

The milk snake's “saddles” are bordered in black and are widest across the back.

Milk snakes do not drink milk from cows.

Although they are called milk snakes the milk snake does not drink any milk from cows although it was thought by farmers that milk snakes would suck the milk from their cows as the cows had low milk yields.

But it's just a myth as cows are cold blooded reptiles and they need water to survive but snakes cannot digest milk or dairy products.

The reason it's called a milk snake is because of the belief that the milk snake is thought to suck milk from cows at night.

Milk snakes are pretty friendly snakes and are not aggressive unless they need to be.

If the milk snake sees you as a threat or they are provoked then they will bite you and be aggressive but most often the milk snake will leave humans alone.

Milk snakes are found in areas such as Central America, southern Canada, south into Mexico and throughout the eastern United States.

Milk snakes do stink when they emit and excrete a musky scent from their anal glands which is smelly but not harmful.

A milk snake lives around 15 years in the wild and when kept as a pet or in captivity the milk snake can live as long as 20 years.

Lampropeltis triangulum, commonly known as the milk snake or milksnake, is a species of kingsnake; 24 subspecies are currently recognized.

Lampropeltis elapsoides, the scarlet kingsnake, was formerly classified as a 25th subspecies, but is now recognized as a distinct species.

Milk snakes are attracted to things such as food, water, moisture, warmth, mice, leaf piles, rocks, brush, wood piles, pet food, bird baths, dense shrubbery, compost, weeds, tall grass and plants.

Snakes can see but snakes cannot see very well.

Snakes have eyesight and it's how they can see you and other things around them but the eyesight the snakes have is not very good.

Stomping really hard can scare snakes away or even making loud noises and chasing them away can get rid of them.

Snakes are actually more scared of us humans than us humans are of them.

Snakes will leave a house on it's own within time.

However if the snake is not leaving you really should try to find it and kill it or get it removed from your house.

If you find a snake in your garage or in a room leading to the outside, shut the inside doors and open the door leading outside so the snake can slither out.

The snake should leave fairly quickly.

Snakes don't have an odor so you cannot really smell a snake in the house.

Although snakes can leave droppings and you might be able to smell snake poop but not the snakes themselves.

Killing a snake does not attract other snakes.

Snakes are not social animals so they will not be attracted by another snake being killed.

One snake in a house does not always mean more snakes are around.

Snakes are not social animals and don't usually travel or hang around in packs or more than one but if you have one snake it's likely just that one snake.

But just be on the lookout for any other snakes that could possibly come around later.

Snake droppings are dark brown and look somewhat similar to rat droppings or even rabbit droppings.

Fresh snake poop is usually dark brown, but it turns chalky as it dries out.

Because they defecate relatively infrequently, their droppings are large and thick, and often mushy and slimy.

The best way to know if a snake or snakes are around are to listen for slithers and sounds the snake may make.

Also look for the snake itself in places they could be hiding.

Snake droppings are also another way to see if snakes are around or have been around.

Snakes have a habit of moving along walls and baseboards to avoid detection.

The first place to look is behind the enclosure, all over the flooring, and inside any bookshelves or cupboards in the room, looking behind shelves and knickknacks and on top of books.

They are likely to be under and behind hiding spaces.

The time of day that snakes are most active is morning.

Snakes are most active in the morning hours of the day.

Snakes can come out any time of the year although the time of year that snakes are most active is during late summer and early fall.

Snakes cannot thrive when temperatures drop below 65 degrees Fahrenheit.

With the weather still ideal and an abundance of rain from late summer storms and hurricanes, fall is prime time for snakes to be active.

Snakes hear through an organ known as an ear but the snakes ears are different from humans ears and other animals ears.

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