Mandarin Rat Snake

[list]* Common Group: RAT & CORN SNAKES * Common Name: Mandarin Rat Snake * Scientific Name: Euprepiophis (Elaphe) mandarina * Distribution: Burma to West China * Size: 3.5' - 4.5'

Natural habitat

The Mandarin Rat snake is a tropical forest inhabitant from Burma. Likes to hide in dark places. When captive, adults require a 29 gallon enclosure.

Behavior

Usually aggressive, only minimal taming with handling. Provide several dark hiding places when keeping in captivity.

Captive environment

Use full spectrum lighting 12-14 hours per day. Provide a basking area with access to a cooler zone. Provide several climbing areas on branches, logs, & plants.

Temperature

Day temperature should be gradient from 78 to 90 degrees F. Maintain night temperature range between 70-75 degrees F. Use reptile heating pads under tank for 24-hour heat.

Humidity

This species requires moderate levels of humidity.

Water requirements

Provide a large fairly deep bowl for drinking and soaking.

Nutritional requirements

This species is a carnivore (meat eater). Eats small mammals and birds.

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