Acquired: Online breeder / seller,
Bred animal myself,
Worked with pet (didn’t own)
New York, United States
Posted Jan 23, 2016
I favor the “oddities” of their group, and so was drawn to this rule-breaking ratsnake early on. When I first discovered the Trans-Pecos ratsnake in my youth (through a chapter in the legendary book “Sakes, the Keeper and the Kept” entitled “The Search for Subocularis”), the little-studied desert dweller was rarely seen even in zoos(although not especially rare, it escapes the heat of its desert home by remaining underground throughout the day, and often hunting there even at night). Today, 20+ captive-produced color variations are available!
The beautiful, mild-mannered Trans-Pecos ratsnake is a great choice for novices, yet interesting enough for advanced keepers. Most that I've kept have adjusted to handling in time. Their care follows that of other ratsnakes, but they are more susceptible than most to skin infections if kept in damp surroundings. Trans-Pecos rats also prefer to shelter below ground – a cave of PVC pipe half-buried in aspen will be appreciated. They appear to feed heavily upon lizards in the wild, but do fine on rodent-based diets. Hatchlings may need to be offered lizard-scented pinkies at first, but soon change their ways.