Mandarin trinket snake
At the Detroit Zoo
The Mandarin trinket snake can be found inside the Holden Reptile Conservation Center, located near the middle of the Detroit Zoo There, visitors can learn about the 80 different species (and approximately 240 individuals) of reptiles at the Zoo, one-fifth of which are considered threatened or endangered in the wild.
The snake’s upper head is yellow and the labials are white, except for three broad, black cross-bands. Its upper body and tail are purplish-gray or even reddish, with a series of conspicuous, yellow-margined, yellow-centered, black saddles separated from one another by length of one to two scales.
The Detroit Zoo is one of few institutions breeding this species.