Acquired: Wild caught / rehabilitation animal
3610, South Africa
Posted Jan 17, 2016
Said to be the most beautiful ratsnake in the world, the Moellendorff's Ratsnake, Red-headed Ratsnake, or Hundred Flower Snake (Elaphe moellendorffi) is a large boldly patterned ratsnake that is both impressive and strong. Like other Elaphe species from South East Asia. This species is long and slender. They are bright red heads with large red saddles that run down their bodies very much like those of corn snakes. They do well in captivity if bought from captive stock and require large cages due to their size. I would recommend this species for intermediate to advanced keepers because of their size and fast nature. Although they may be fast they are not as quick to bite. Just because a snake moves in a fast unpredictable way doesn't mean it is trying to be aggressive. A highly recommended species for advanced keepers. This snake is one of my absolute favourite ratsnakes.