Species group: Corn and Rat Snakes
Other common names: Rhinoceros snake; Vietnamese Longnose Snake; Vietnamese Horned Snake; Green Unicorn
Scientific name: Rhynchophis boulengeri
The Rhino Rat Snake is a colorful member of the Colubridae family of snakes and is native to rain forests of Northern Vietnam and Southern China. The Rhino Rat Snake is a beautiful, slender, green snake which is distinguished by its pointed and flexible nose.
For Those Who Crave the "Wow" Factor!
I’ve had the good fortune to work with these most unusual snakes in large zoo exhibits, and am not surprised that their popularity in the trade is skyrocketing. Rhino ratsnakes are, however, active and somewhat high strung, and are best kept in a tall set-up that allows you to change substrate and water bowls without needing to move the snakes. If you move slowly, they will usually remain perched above.
Rhino ratsnakes sometimes adjust to small quarters, but are shown to their best advantage custom-built cages measuring at least 5 feet in height and stocked with branches of varying widths and hanging plants to provide a sense of security; cork bark rolls suspended in the branches may be used as shelters. Cypress mulch, eucalyptus bark and similar materials are preferable to newspapers as substrates and the cage should be sprayed heavily each day, but allowed to dry (they are rainforest inhabitants, but subject to skin diseases in captivity if kept in damp terrariums). A moist hide will assist greatly in shedding. Ambient temperature: 77-84 F; Basking temperature: 88 F..
From findiviglio Jan 20 2016 10:06PM