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GREAT PLAINS RAT SNAKE CARE GUIDE

Pantherophis emoryi

Introduction

The Great Plains Ratsnake, also known as the emorys ratsnake,  is a medium sized ratsnake which was once considered to be a subspecies of the corn snake however they are significantly stockier, often shorter and their colouration is much more subtle, usually grey/olive/brown.  They are primarily a terrestrial (ground dwelling) species which is active mainly at dawn and dusk (crepuscular) and are constrictors who are a member of the largest family of snakes, colubrids.

Although not kept in such great numbers as the corn snake it is just as easy to maintain in captivity and makes an excellent alternative and to some makes a great introduction into the wonderful world of other ratsnakes.  Most specimens have at least some checker board markings on their ventral scales but nowhere near as many or as solid as the corn snake.

Great Plains life expectancy could easily exceed 20 years.

Experience Level Beginner
Temperament

Our Great Plains Ratsnakes are generally very placid however our albinos are much more nervous and because of this can be a bit nippy sometimes.

Captive Variants

Wild Type,Albino, Albino Chocolate, Chocolate, Hypomelanistic, Reverse Striped

Expected Adult Length 80 to 150cm
Recommended Housing

Vivarium or plastic tubs

We prefer to use tubs as we found them to be much better to keep clean.

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)

-Climbing branches are advantageous but not essential

Temperature Range22C (72F) to 27C (81F)
Recommended Heating

Viv - Guarded Ceramic heater or heat mat

Tub - Heat mat

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

Origin United States of America and Mexico
Natural Environment

Agricultural/farm land, grasslands, shrublands, flat rocky areas, caves and near water.

Recommended Substrate

We prefer to use Aspen and provide a moist hide of vermiculite and/or moss.

Natural Diet Rodents, Birds, Lizards and Frogs
Primary Captive Diet Rodents
Recommended links www.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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