Geographical Range Panama and Costa Rica (in Central America)
Habitat Forests
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.