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Common Names: Red Tailed Philippine Ratsnake
Scientific Name: Coelognathus erythrurus erythrurus
First Described: DUMERIL, BIBRON, DUMERIL, 1854 

Adult Size: 120-140cm
Temperament: Defensive with a threat display similar to that of Coleognathus radiatus
Temperature Range: Provide a thermal gradient between 29°C (84°F) - 25°C (77°F), humidity in the range of 70-80%. Furnish the enclosure with a humid hide and spray daily with tepid water when the snake is in slough.
Brumation: Brumation not needed
Reproduction: Multiple clutches produced throughout the year, typically 6-10 in each clutch which take between 90 and 120 days to hatch
Known Mutations: No known mutations
Captive Bred Localities:
Natural History:  Inhabits a wide variety of habitats, frequently found in cultivated areas such as rice fields and plantations at heights over 850m above sea level. The Red Tailed Philippine Ratsnake has also been found in the savanna areas of these islands with sparse vegetation as well as open areas in rain forests, near villages and even inside houses. It favours areas near water and can be found hiding under piles of leaf debris, wood and coconut shells.

  • Philippine Ratsnake
  • Author: Herpasia
  • Philippine Ratsnake
  • Author: Rafael Mendoza
  • Philippine Ratsnake
  • Author: Rafael Mendoza
  • Philippine Ratsnake
  • Author: Rafael Mendoza
  • Philippine Ratsnake
  • Author: Rafael Mendoza

Native To: Philippine Islands of Pacijian, Ponson, Poro, Basilan, Siasi, Bohol, Camiguin, Dinagat, Leyte, Mindanao and Samur
Scale Counts:
Ventrals: 211-227
Subcaudals: 90-107
Dorsals: 21

Conservation Status:
IUCN Red List:

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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