Find more of my photographs and information similar to that which I post in this blog in my book Naturally Curious, which is being published this fall.
Some snakes lay eggs, while others give birth to live young. Milksnakes belong to the former group and this past June or July female milksnakes were busy laying 3 to 20 eggs beneath logs or in compost piles – locations that offered protection from predators and cold weather. Those eggs are now hatching, and 7”-10” milksnakes are emerging. Newly hatched milksnakes have especially vibrant colors as well as an egg tooth (no longer present on the young milksnake pictured) at the tip of their snout, which enables them to slice out of their egg.