Black Milk Snake
|Geographical Range||Panama and Costa Rica (in Central America)|
|Scientific Name||Lampropeltis triangulum gaigeae|
|Conservation Status||Not listed by IUCN|
When these snakes are young, they resemble typical milk snakes with their red, black and yellow rings. As they mature, however, their colors darken until the snakes are uniformly black. Some scientists believe the development of black pigments in this subspecies (type) of milk snake is a method of helping control body temperature.