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Introduction

At a glance guide to vivarium temperatures and humidity requirements of Old World ratsnakes.

Species Hot End Cold End Humidity Notes
Coelognathus erythrurus erythrurus 29°C/84°F 25°C/77°F 70-80% Daily spraying
Coelognathus erythrurus celebensis 29°C/84°F 25°C/77°F 70-80% Daily spraying
Coelognathus erythrurus manillensis 29°C/84°F 25°C/77°F 70-80% Daily spraying
Coelognathus erythrurus philippinus 29°C/84°F 25°C/77°F 70-80% Daily spraying
Coelognathus erythrurus psephenourus 29°C/84°F 25°C/77°F 70-80% Daily spraying
Coelognathus flavolineatus 29°C/84°F 25°C/77°F   spray often when sloughing
Coelognathus helena 29°C/84°F 25°C/77°F 70-80% humid hide and spray whilst sloughing
Coelognathus helena monticollaris 28°C/82°F 24°C/75°F   humid hide and spray whilst sloughing
Coelognathus radiatus 29°C/84°F 25°C/77°F 75-90% Spray daily whilst sloughing
Coelognathus subradiatus 29°C/84°F 25°C/77°F 75-90% Spray daily whilst sloughing
Coelognathus subradiatus enganensus 29°C/84°F 25°C/77°F 75-90% Spray daily whilst sloughing
Elaphe anomala 28°C/82°F 25°C/77°F   Large water bowl
Elaphe bimaculata 27°C/80°F 22°C/72°F   Spray Frequently
Elaphe carinata carinata 28°C/82°F 22°C/72°F    
Elaphe carinata deqenensus 28°C/82°F 22°C/72°F    
Elaphe carinata yongaguniensus 28°C/82°F 22°C/72°F    
Elaphe climacophora 25°C/77°F 28°C/82°F    
Elaphe dione 28°C/82°F 20°C/68°F   Humid hide
Elaphe quadrivirgata 28°C/82°F 22°C/71°F   Spray daily when sloughing
Elaphe quatuorlineata quatuorlineata 28°C/82°F 25°C/77°F   Spray occasionally
Elaphe quatuorlineata muenteri 28°C/82°F 25°C/77°F   Spray occasionally
Elaphe sauromates 28°C/82°F 25°C/77°F   Spray occasionally
Elaphe schrencki 28°C/82°F 25°C/77°F   Large water bowl
Euprepiophis mandarinus 25°C/77°F 20°C/68°F   Humid hide
Euprepiophis conspicillatus 25°C/77°F 20°C/68°F   Spray whilst sloughing and humid hide
Gonyosoma janseni 29°C/84°F 25°C/77°F 80-90% spray 3/4 times a day
Gonyosoma oxycephalum 29°C/84°F 25°C/77°F 80-90% spray 3/4 times a day
Oocatochus rufodorsatus 28°C/82°F 25°C/77°F   Large water bowl
Oreocryptophis porphyraceus porphyraceus 26°C/78°F 17°C/62°F   Spray often when sloughing, humid hide
Oreocryptophis porphyraceus coxi 28°C/82°F* 17°C/62°F   Spray often, humid hide, *temps never over 28°C/82°F
Oreocryptophis porphyraceus laticincta 28°C/82°F* 17°C/62°F   Spray often, humid hide, *temps never over 28°C/82°F
Oreocryptophis porphyraceus pulchra 28°C/82°F 17°C/62°F   Spray often, humid hide, *temps never over 28°C/82°F
Oreocryptophis porphyraceus vaillanti 28°C/82°F 17°C/62°F   Spray often, humid hide, *temps never over 28°C/82°F
Orthriophis hodgsoni 28°C/82°F 20°C/68°F   * Note
Orthriophis moellendorffi 25°C/77°F 18°C/64°F 70% Spray daily especially when sloughing
Orthriophis taeniurus taeniurus 28°C/82°F 25°C/77°F 60-70% Spray when sloughing
Orthriophis taeniurus friesi 28°C/82°F 25°C/77°F 60-70% Spray when sloughing
Orthriophis taeniurus grabowski 28°C/82°F 25°C/77°F 60-70% Spray when sloughing
Orthriophis taeniurus mocquardi 28°C/82°F 25°C/77°F 60-70% Spray when sloughing
Orthriophist taeniurus ridleyi 28°C/82°F 25°C/77°F 70-90% Spray when sloughing
Orthriophis taeniurus yunnanensis 28°C/82°F 25°C/77°F 60-70% Spray when sloughing
Orthriophis taeniurus spp. 28°C/82°F 25°C/77°F 60-70% Spray when sloughing
Rhadinophis frenatum 25°C/77°F 20°C/68°F 80% Daily spray
Rhadinophis prasinum 27°C/80°F 22°C/71°F 70-90% Spray daily
Rhinechis scalaris 30°C/86°F 26°C/78°F   Large water bowl, spray weekly
Zamenis hohenackeri 27°C/80°F 23°C/73°F   Spray on occasion
Zamenis hohenackeri taurica 27°C/80°F 23°C/73°F   Spray on occasion
Zamenis lineatus 28°C/82°F 25°C/77°F   Humid hide
Zamenis longissimus 28°C/82°F 25°C/77°F   Humid hide
Zamenis persicus 28°C/82°F 25°C/77°F   Occasional spray
Zamenis situla 28°C/82°F 25°C/77°F   Occasional spray

* Orthriophis hodgsonii - only one known specimen in captivity
This site has information on the following genera of Ratsnakes ... Spilotes, Spalerosophis, Ptyas, Zamenis, Elaphe, Rhinechis, Senticolis, Pseudelaphe, Pantherophis, Bogertophis, Orthriophis, Gonyosoma, Oreocryptophis, Oocatochus, Euprepiophis, Coelognathus, Archelaphe