Not everybody is a fan of snakes. Many people are terrified of them and will freeze in fear at the sight of one. While some people find them to be something out of a horror movie, there are many that find them to be amazing creatures. Enthusiasts all over the world keep snakes as pets, and some species are more popular as pets than others. One of the most popular is the milk snake, and for good reason. Their stunning colors and patterns help to make them beautiful creatures that even those that fear them can appreciate. They are also fairly easy to care for, making them ideal for beginners and experts alike.
They are harmless creatures, but are often killed after being mistaken for a venomous species. The reality is, though, that not only are they harmless, they can even be useful to have around. The good news for those that do like to have them around is that they can be found in the wild throughout much of North America, and in a range of different habitats.
As well as being strikingly beautiful, milk snakes are fascinating creatures. There are also some fascinating facts to be learned about them.
Milk Snake Fact #10: Mimic Venomous Snakes
Generally speaking, if an animal encounters a venomous snake species in the wild, it is a good idea to leave them well alone. Venomous snakes and other venomous creatures tend to have vivid colourings that let others know they are dangerous and that they should keep well clear. It’s a handy trick to have, and it protects the venomous animal from attack, while also helping the others go on their way unharmed.
Such a handy trick was always likely to be borrowed by others, and evolution has allowed for exactly that. Milk snakes have, over time, evolved to look very similar to venomous snakes such as the coral snake. Milk snakes are themselves non-venomous and harmless to larger animals, but other animals don’t know that, and will keep their distance. This helps to keep the milk snake safer than it might otherwise have been, with many animals choosing to look for a less risky meal instead.
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