This species ranges from southeastern Canada through United States to Central America. It is also found in Ecuador, northern Venezuela in northern South America.
The Tamaulipan milk snake inhabits semi-arid brush areas that have Sandy soils. It feeds on earthworms, slugs, crickets and insects. This species also eats eggs, fish, frogs and other snakes. The milk snake is oviparous and lays about 10 eggs per clutch beneath logs, rocks, boards and rotting vegetation.
The tamaulipan milk snake usually exceeds 24 inches in total length with large specimens known to have total lengths that ranges from 47-52 inches. The scales of this species are smooth and shiny with an alternating color pattern of red-black-yellow or white-black-red bands. Some members have red blotches instead of bands.
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