Acquired: Worked with pet (didn’t own)
3610, South Africa
Posted Jan 17, 2016
The Dice snake is a species grass snake belonging to the genus Natrix that has evolved to prefer a more amphibious lifestyle to other species from its genus. The Dice snake is very happy in ponds and streams and feeds happily on fish and frogs. They can eat mice and other rodents in captivity but as tropical fish are readily available from captive stock you can feed them on quite a variety of fish at a low cost. The other way to feed them is to scent pinkies with fish blood when they are still young and aftertime they will readily accept pinkies and mice without even scenting them. In captivity I would keep them on newspaper or coconut husk with a large shallow water bowl for them to soak themselves in. They also do very well in more naturalistic living vivarium setups similar to those used for Amphibians. A great species to keep but not advised for beginners.