Scientific Name: Orthriophis taeniurus schmackeri
First Described: BOETTGER, 1895
Adult Size: 180-200cm, specimens from 220-250cm are known
Temperament: Ranging from good to pure evil
Temperature & Humidity Range: A thermal gradient of 28C (82F) to 25C (77F) should be made available to the snake, humidity in the range of 70-90%, Provide a humid hide and mist the enclosure daily whilst the snake is in slough
Brumation: 10-15C (50-59F) for 2-3 months
Reproduction: 5-15 eggs are laid per clutch, hatching from 55 to 77 days at an incubation temperature between 25 and 29C.
Known Mutations: None known at present
Natural History: This subspecies of the Beauty Snake family is known exclusively from the Ryu-kyu Archipelago of Japan which consists of more than 100 islands. This species has thus far been found on the islands of Haterumajima, Irabujima, Iriomotejima, Ishigakijima, Kohamajima, Kurimajima, Miyakojima, and Shimojishima. These islands have a similar ecology to that of Taiwan and mainland Southeast Asia, consisting mainly of subtropical moist broadleaf forests. The Ryukyu Beauty Snake can be found inhabiting the forests and frequenting the peripheral areas of agricultural land and is considered to be semi-arboreal in its habits.
Native To: Ryukyu Archipelago, Japan
Map showing the distribution of Orthriophis taeniurus schmackeri ( Ryukyu Beauty Snake ) in the wild.
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IUCN Red List: Not Listed