Species group: Corn and Rat Snakes
Other common names: Jade Snake; Mandarin Ratsnake
Scientific name: Euprepiophis mandarina
The Mandarin Ratsnake is a colorful member of the Colubridae family of snakes and is native to China, India and many other nations in Southeast Asia. It is a shy species which is found in both montane forests and agricultural areas.
Wild caught Mandarin Ratsnakes have been imported to North America and Europe every year for decades, but unfortunately very few of these animals survive. Captive bred Euprepiophis mandarina are starting to become more widely available.
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The Mandarin Ratsnake is considered by many to be the most beautiful of all Asia’s ratsnakes, but until recently was considered a difficult species to maintain. Fortunately, a better understanding of its unique needs is changing that situation.
Mandarin Ratsnakes are very secretive, and will be stressed if forced to remain in a bare terrarium. Cypress mulch, eucalyptus bark and similar materials may be used as substrates, and you can count on your pet remaining burrowed within for much of the time, even after it has settled in. Mandarin Ratsnakes are adapted to cool, low-light conditions, and captives should be kept relatively cool, by snake standards, and in subdued lighting in a quiet part of your home. Ambient temperature: 70-77 F; Basking temperature: 78 F; a dip to 68 F at night may be beneficial.
As many in the trade are wild-caught, a veterinarian should check all new arrivals to your collection. They readily accept mice as food, and top out at 4 feet in length. Mandarin ratsnakes rarely if ever take well to handling..
From findiviglio Jan 11 2016 5:30PM