Common Names: Western Fourlined Ratsnake
Scientific Name: Elaphe quatuorlineata quatuorlineata
First Described: LACEPEDE, 1789
Adult Size: 100-160cm
Temperament: Generally placid, although can be a little hissy
Temperature & Humidity Range: 28°C(82°F) - 25°C(77°F). benefits from the cage being lightly sprayed with tepid water occasionally.
Brumation: 47-54°F (8-12°C) for 3-4 months
Reproduction: Up to 10 eggs are laid which hatch after 40 to 68 days at an incubation temperature of between 25 and 29°C
Known Mutations: None known at present
Captive bred Localities: Calabria Sout Italy, Krk Croatia, Montenegro, Gargano Italy.
Natural History: The biotopes in which E. q. quatuorlineata inhabits are extremely varied karst topography, deciduous woodlands, meadows, wetlands, farmland, and road sides are just some of the habitats of this species although this is primarily a terrestrial snake.
E. q. quatuorlineata can be found at altitudes up to 1400m.
Native To: Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Yugoslavia.
IUCN Red List: Not listed
Bern Convention: Appendix II (Strictly Protected Fauna Species)
European Union habitat and species directive (1992) ANNEX II