Common Names: Eastern Fourlined Ratsnake, Bulgarian Ratsnake, Blotched Ratsnake
Scientific Name: Elaphe sauromates
First Described: PALLAS, 1811
Adult Size: 120-180cm
Temperament: Generally placid
Temperature & Humidity Range: 28°C (82°F) - 25°C (77°F), mist cage occasionally with tepid water.
Brumation: 47-54 F (8-12C) 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: Melanistic, High Orange
Captive Bred Localities: Rustavi Georgia, Tkibuli Georgia, Kazakhstan, Armenia
Natural History: This species inhabits regions with altitudes up to 2500m. Living in vegetated areas with a hard sandy ground, deciduous woodlands, rocky areas, swamps and river banks.
This species is primarily terrestrial although it has been noted up trees in search of bird nests.
Native To: Armenia, Azerbaydzhan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Iran, Kazakhstan, Moldavia, Romania, Russia, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine.
IUCN Red List: Not Listed
Red book of Ukraine proposals: Vulnerable (II)