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The name refers to the incorrect belief that they drank milk from the udders of cows
The milksnake is a harmless, non-venomous snake which kills its prey by constriction. They feed on a range of small mammals such a voles mice rats and also take birds lizards and other snakes.
It is solitary by nature and is nocturnal in the summer and day-active (diurnal) in the spring and autumn. Milksnakes hibernate from November to April. They are found burrowing through the leaf litter in the forest and often hide under objects. They do not bask directly in the sun but absorb heat from the objects under which they hide.
Mating occurs in May and females gather at communal egg-laying sites in June. The female lays 3-18 leathery shelled eggs beneath rocks, in soil, in decaying plants or rotten logs, compost and manure piles and in loose soil. They hatch after an incubation period of 10 weeks. As with many other reptiles, the temperature at which the eggs develop determines the sex of the offspring. The warmer the incubation temperature the more likely it is that males will hatch. Hatchling milk snakes are large and robust. They slough for the first time 5-12 days after hatching and then begin to feed.