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Snake Breeders Based in Leicestershire, England, UK      


Zamenis situla


Leopard Ratsnakes are a small European ratsnake which is primarily a terrestrial (ground dwelling) species and active mainly at dawn and dusk (crepuscular).  They are constrictors and a member of the largest family of snakes, colubrids.

In captivity they could easily be expected to reach in excess 20 years.

Experience Level Intermediate

Shy and secretive.

Leopard ratsnakes can be unpredictable in nature and during handling sessions can nip without warning, particularly when young but with regular handling this usually stops altogether. Musking is quite common in leopards, especially when young, until they get used to you.

Captive VariantsWild Type Blotched, Wild Type Striped, Amelanistic, Anerythristic, Hypomelanistic A, Hypomelanistic B, Melanistic
Expected Adult Length 70 to 100cm
Recommended Housing

Vivarium or plastic tubs

We prefer to use tubs as we found them to be much easier to keep clean. Leopards are a terrestrial snake so plenty of greenery on the floor of the enclosure will be well used.

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 Range25C (77F) to 28C (82F)
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


Albania, Bulgaria, Crete, Greece, Italy, Malta, Turkey, Ukraine, Yugoslavia

Natural Environment

Found in a wide variety of environments; shrubs, gardens, stones, abandoned buildings/ruins, near rivers and ponds.

Recommended Substrate

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

Natural Diet Rodents
Primary Captive Diet Rodents
Other Information This species is covered by the European Protected Species Legislation which requires proof that they were hatched in captivity.
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 October 2012

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