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THAI RED BAMBOO RAT SNAKE CARE GUIDE

Oreocryptophis Porphyraceus Coxi

Introduction

This is one of the smallest and arguably amongst the most striking of all ratsnake species. They are primarily a burrowing species but will enjoy climbing if given the opportunity.

The Thai Red Mountain Ratsnake is the only one of the Bamboo Ratsnakes which retains its pattern and colouration into adulthood although the bright colour will dull off a little as they age.

Experience Level Intermediate
Temperament

Shy, secretive and can be prone to nipping. They do not enjoy being handled for long periods, the warmth of your hands may be a factor here.

Captive Variants Wild Type
Expected Adult Length80 - 100 cm
Recommended Housing

Vivarium or plastic tubs

We prefer to use tubs as we found them to be much easier to keep clean and maintain their high humidity requirements.Bamboo Ratsnakesenjoy hiding/climbing through greenery on the floor of their enclosure.

Other requirements:

-Suitably large water bowl for them to drink and bathe

-A minimum of 2 hides (1 in the cool end and 1 in the warm end) one of which should be moist

Temperature Range

17C (63F) to 28C (82F)

Temperatures over 28C (82F) can be fatal

Recommended Heating

Viv - Guarded Ceramic heater or heat mat

Tub - Heat mat or heat cable

Whichever method is used, the temperature should be controlled by a suitable thermostat and monitored using a digital thermometer

Origin

Thailand

Natural Environment

Found in mountain ranges and on the edges of the rainforest in tall grasses and bamboo.

Recommended Substrate

Bamboo Ratsnakes require a fairly high humidity however in our opinion they do need to have the option of a drier area too. We keep most of ours on a forest floor type substrate with a dry hide using aspen.

Natural Diet

Their main diet in the wild is rodents.

Primary Captive DietRodents
Recommended linkswww.ratsnakefoundation.org

This care guide has been written by us at AC Snakes for your information and guidance.
 
It will be updated and expanded as regularly as we are able, however it should not be used as your only source of care information.
 
Prior to purchasing any animal it is strongly recommended that you research extensively to ensure that you can provide the correct care for your pet.
 
Last updated May 2012

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