Last updated on November 14, 2023
Asian Rat Snakes
Asia has an abundance of rat snake species. Asia is a large continent which has multiple habitat types and climates, meaning that some rat snake species will require cooler temperatures and lower humidity levels, whilst others require higher temperatures and higher humidity. Asian Rat Snake species are not kept and bred in the same numbers as North American and European Rat Snake species and are generally more expensive and difficult to get hold of in the pet trade. The species mentioned in this article are the most commonly kept and bred Asian Rat Snake species. There are many other Asian Rat Snake species not mentioned in this article that can be kept and bred successfully in captivity. There is great untapped potential with regards to keeping and breeding Asian Rat Snakes and I expect these snakes to increase in popularity in the reptile hobby over the next few years. Read further to find out the interesting species of rat snakes that Asia has to offer.
are a group of rat snakes from Asia that are large in size and brightly coloured and patterened. Some of the species available in the reptile keeping hobby include: Chinese Beauty Snake, Taiwanese Rat Snake, Ridley’s Rat Snake and the Vietnamese Blue Beauty Snake. These snakes can grow to nearly 3m ( 10 feet) in length and are giants amongst colubrid snakes. The size of Asian Beauty Snakes is dependent on species and subspecies and not all of these rat snakes will reach this size and are most average around 2m ( 6 feet) in length. These snakes can be difficult to handle due to their tendency to want to explore areas outside the safety and comfort of your hands, basically they don’t stop moving while you are trying to handle them. Wild caught Beauty Snakes can be very aggressive and will need to be handled with a snake hook. Buy captive bred Beauty Snakes to avoid having to do this as captive bred Beauty Snakes are much calmer and less aggressive than their wild caught counterparts. Beauty Snake hatchlings dwarf their Western Hemisphere cousins in size and usually will feed on fuzzy mice as their first meal. Feed these active snakes on a weekly basis. Large cages will be required to keep Beauty Snakes and cage sizes of 1.5m ( 5 feet)long to 1.8m ( 6 feet) long will be required for adults. These rat snakes are very active and adults benefit from being kept in