Species group: Corn and Rat Snakes
Other common names: Thai Red Mountain Ratsnake; Thai Bamboo Ratsnake
Scientific name: Oreocryptophis porphyraceus coxi
The Thai Red Mountain Racer is a strikingly beautiful member of the Colubridae family of snakes and is native to subtropical mountain areas over 800 meters in elevation in Northeast Thailand. Oreocryptophis porphyraceus coxi is one of seven subspecies of Oreocryptophis porphyraceus.
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Clad in “screaming” reddish orange and striped in jet black, the Thai red mountain racer is considered by many to be the most beautiful of all ratsnakes, but until recently was considered a difficult species to maintain. Fortunately, a better understanding of its unique needs is changing that situation. Chief among these are a cool, moist, stress-free environment.
Thai racers 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. Much of the substrate should remain slightly moist, but a dry area must also be accessible. Caves and other shelters are also necessary. Dwelling in thick bamboo forests and among other tall grasses, they are adapted to cool, low-light conditions. Captives should be kept relatively cool, by snake standards, and in subdued lighting in a quiet part of your home. Ambient temperature: 68-74 F; Basking temperature: 76 F; a dip to 62 F at night may be beneficial.
Most readily accept fuzzies or small mice as food, and they top out at a very “convenient” 3 feet in length. Thai red mountain racers do not take well to handling, and will bite and attempt to escape when disturbed..
From findiviglio Jan 23 2016 5:15PM