The name milk snake comes from the myth that these snakes would steal milk from cows’ udders – a rumour that began as they were often sighted around barns. This is untrue and they would have actually been in the barns on the lookout for a tasty mouse or two!
It is not uncommon for these snakes to musk when they feel threatened. This means they release a foul smelling substance to warn other animals to stay away.
The markings on milk snakes are designed to mimic the deadly coral snake as a defence against predators. There is a simple rhyme to help you to distinguish between a milk snake and a coral snake based on the differences in their markings; Red on yellow, kill a fellow. Red on black, venom lack.