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Common Names: Zoige Ratsnake
Scientific Name: Elaphe zoigeensis

Adult Size:  Sexual dimorphism is evident within this species with females averaging 40cm whilst males are somewhat smaller on average 30cm
Temperament:  The Zoige Ratsnake has a calm disposition similar to that of Elaphe dione.
Temperature & Humidity Range:  Provide a thermal gradient of between 28°C (82°F) - 20°C (68°F) and a humid hide
Brumation:  47-59°F (8-15°C) for 2-4 months
Reproduction: 3 to 11+ eggs usually laid in July
Known Mutations:  var.Striped
A natural striped variation exists.
Captive Bred Localities:
Natural History: A diurnal, terrestrial species found at elevations of 3000-3200m above sea level.
Native To: Zoige County, Sichuan, China.

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SCHULZ, Klaus Dieter (ed.), 2013. Old World Ratsnakes, A collection of papers
SCHULZ, Klaus Dieter, 1996. A monograph of the Colubrid Snakes of the genus Elaphe Fitzinger
HUANG, S. et al.  2012. A New Species of the Genus Elaphe (Squamata: Colubridae) from Zoige County, Sichuan, China. Asian Herpetological Research, 3(1): 38 - 45

Scale Counts:
  • Zoige Ratsnake
  • Author: Gidi Van de Belt
  • Zoige Ratsnake
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  • Zoige Ratsnake
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  • Striped
  • Author: Gidi Van de Belt
  • Zoige Ratsnake
  • Author: Gidi Van de Belt

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