milk snakemilk snake
a harmless colubrid snake (Lampropeltis triangulum) with brown or reddish bands bordered by black: it feeds on rodents, reptiles, etc.
Origin of milk snakeso named because it was formerly believed to take milk directly from cows
Any of various subspecies of the king snake Lampropeltis triangulum, ranging from the eastern and central United States south to Ecuador and often having red, black, and yellow or white bands. Also called house snake . Also called milk adder .
Origin of milk snakeFrom the folk belief that the snakes (which are commonly seen around the barns where they hunt rodents) suck milk from cows