Short and medium chain fatty acids with 4-12 carbon atoms which occur at comparatively higher concentration in milk fat reported to have antibacterial and fungistatic activity. Milk fat plays another important role in preventing tooth decay by forming a protective coat over the surface of enamel. It is composed of triglycerides of fatty acids. A fatty acid molecule is composed of hydrocarbon chain and carboxyl group. Triglycerides are of two types simple and complex. In simple all the three fatty acids are of same nature whereas complex triglycerides on hydrolysis give glycerol and different fatty acids. The milk fat exists in the form of small globules of sizes ranging from 2 to 10 microns with different glycerides of low melting points in suspension.
Udder infection promotes an increased level of chloride in the milk and depresses the secretion of lactose. Proteins Milk protein is a rich source of essential amino acids. Whey proteins are proteins that are passed along with the whey portion after the coagulation of milk. They contain 51% essential amino acids when compared to 45% in casein. The sulphur containing amino acids which are considered essential and important are found in higher concentration in whey protein than in casein. Usually the quality of egg proteins are regarded as very high. But the net protein utilization biological value and the protein efficiency ratio of milk protein come neck in neck with the quality of egg protein. Lactalbumin a whey protein whose biological value net protein utilization and protein efficiency ratio is considered superior when compared to the major milk protein casein. Normally double the quantum of vegetable protein is required to meet the daily requirement of essential amino acids when compared to that obtained from the milk proteins.
Another interesting characteristic of king snakes and milk snakes is the fact that they actually eat other snakes as well as lizards rodents amphibians and birds. Of course as the owner of a king snake or milk snake you would not feed other snakes to your pet. Not only would this be quite expensive for you it would be potentially dangerous to your snake as well. Nonetheless when surviving in the wild king snakes and milk snakes can actually eat snakes that are larger than they are. In fact it is not uncommon for some to regularly eat rattlesnakes in the wild. Therefore you should never put more than one king snake or milk snake in the same aquarium as one will be certain to make a meal out of the other. Housing a King Snake or a Milk Snake Since king snakes and milk snakes can reach six to seven feet in length it is important to select a terrarium that is large enough for them to grow and to rest comfortably inside. When they are young a 10 gallon tank may be sufficient.