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I have kept black milks...


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Posted by Trust on May 09, 2003 at 16:08:04:

In Reply to: Poor mans Indigo (Lampropeltis triangulum gaigeae) posted by DeanAlessandrini on May 09, 2003 at 07:30:48:

As a kid I was always fascinated by snakes, and literally used to catch them by the bagfull where I grew up in Michigan.

A few years ago I was in a local nature center here in FL, and saw this gorgeous black snake. I was sure it was some deadly venomous species, but the volunteer took it out and let me hold it. I learned it was called an "indigo" snake. After that I started to think about keeping a snake in captivity. I went looking for snakes at pet stores andherp shows, but never saw any indigos for sale. Well, of course, I was saddened to find out there was no way I was going to be able to keep one in FL.

So I started looking to see if there was anything out there similar. I learned of black milks, and bought a pair.

I kept them for a couple years, but decided to part with them because, down here, I had to keep them indoors. By the time I decided to sell them, I had a collection of species, about a dozen snakes. All of them were housed in the garage where it is nice and warm, but too warm for black milks. Second, they were always hiding. I almost never saw them, except when cleaning or feeding them. Third, they weren't much fun to handle. They weren't bitey, but never seemed very keen on being handled.

On the other hand, for Father's day 2001, my wife gave me a baby female black pinesnake. At first I wasn't all that thrilled, but now she is about 4 1/2 - 5 feet long, very thick, very black, and docile as could be. She is very calm, always looking for food and so is interested in what's going on around her.

So, based on my very limited experiences, I'd have to say a black pinesnake is more like what I was expecting from an indigo.

I also have a blacktailed cribo, BTW. Nice, but still a little spazzy. Hopefully it will grow out of it.


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