Common Names: Taiwan Beauty Snake
Scientific Name: Orthriophis taeniurus friesi
First Described: WERNER, 1926
Adult Size: 220-270cm
Temperament: Generally placid
Temperature & Humidity Range: Provide a thermal gradient of between 28°C(82°F) to 25°C(77°F), a humid hide and mist the vivarium with tepid water whilst the snake is in slough
Brumation: 50-59°F (10-15°C) for 2-4 months
Reproduction: 8-25 eggs per clutch hatching from 55-77 days at 25-29°C
Known Mutations: There are no known Taiwan Beauty morphs in captivity at this time. Quite often Albino Beauty Snakes are seen offered by breeders & shops, these are a case of misidentification, with them actually belonging to the subspecies, Orthriophis taeniurus taeniurus , the Chinese Beauty Snake or less likely due to their availability at this time, Mocquards Beauty Snake Orthriophis taeniurus mocquardi.
Captive Origin: According to available literature an Austrian herpetologist, Dr. R. Fesser, was the first to breed this subspecies in captivity from two pairs that he imported from Taiwan.
Natural History: Endemic to the island of Taiwan, this species can be found in altitudes up to 1000m. Inhabiting a wide variety of landscapes from rocky areas with low vegetation, to forests and areas near water. A semi-arboreal species that will also enter human settlements in the search of food.
Native To: Taiwan
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IUCN Red List: Not Listed