Common Names: Ladder Snake
Scientific Name: Rhinechis scalaris
First Described: SCHINZ, 1822
Adult Size: 120-160cm
Temperament: Nervous and somewhat defensive
Temperature & Humidity Range: Provide a thermal gradient between 30°C (86°F) - 26°C (78°F) Large water bowl, spray weekly
Brumation: 47-50 F (8-10C) for 2-3 months
Reproduction: 6-24 eggs are laid per clutch which hatch after 51 to 71 days at an incubation temperature of between 25 and 29°C
Known Mutations: None known at present
Captive Bred Localities:
Natural History: This species inhabits the Iberian peninsula and the mediterranean. A climate that can be hot and dry, which R. scalaris is well adpated to. Living in vineyards and agricultural land with dense scrub borders, or macchia, a dense evergreen shrubland. Hedgerows, rubble, forests are all habitats of this species. R. scalaris lives in altitudes of up to 1000m although it has been recorded above this; but rare.
Native To: France, Italy, Portugal, Spain.
IUCN Red List: LC (Least Concern) IUCN