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TRUE STRIPED HOUSE SNAKE CARE GUIDE

Boaedon Lineatus

Introduction

True Striped House Snakes are one of the smaller house snake species, they are a non venomous colubrid that is sexually dimorphic in that females grow significantly larger than males. The name "House Snake" was given as they are often found around houses and other buildings looking for food.

House snakes are easy to maintain in captivity and make a great alternative to the more common species which are usually recommended for beginners. There is a great deal that is not fully understood regarding house snakes which makes them an excellent challenge for the more experienced keeper.

A nocturnal species with large eyes to facilitate hunting in the dark who spend a great deal of time underground and who are largely terrestrial.

Experience Level Beginner
Temperament

Generally very placid

Captive VariantsWild Type
Expected Adult Length

Males 45 - 60cm : Females 60 - 100cm

Recommended Housing

Vivarium or plastic tubs

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

Other requirements:

-Small water bowl

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

-Climbing branches would be advantageous

Suggested Housing Sizes
Housing sizes are a matter of personal preference (for you and your snake) and you should choose what best suits you but we generally use the Really Useful Products plastic tubs and move up in size as the snake grows. For particularly small hatchlings we often start them off in plastic takeaway food storage tubs to prevent escapees.

Some of our tub size recommendations are listed below.

0.35Ltr

- 155mm x 100mm x 40mm

- Hatchlings

1.75Ltr

- 245mm x 180mm x 70mm

- Large Hatchlings

5 Litre

- 340mm x 200mm x 125mm

- Yearling Females, Sub Adult Males

9 Litre

- 395mm x 255mm x 155mm

- Sub Adult Females, Adult Males

12 Litre

- 465mm x 270mm x 150mm

- Adult Females, Large Adult Males

24.5Ltr

- 600mm x 400mm x 150mm

- Large Adult Females

When moving snakes into a larger enclosure, particularly if the snake is a little nervous or has a tendency to go off their food easily, we fill the enclosure with extra greenery to ensure they feel secure. As they begin to settle we remove pieces of greenery to allow them more space to move around in. It is also a good idea to put an unwashed item of furniture or greenery from their old enclosure into their new enclosure for the first few days as we find that something familiar helps them acclimatise to their new surroundings much more quickly.

Temperature Range 21°C (70°F) to 31°C (88°F)
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 Africa
Natural Environment

Found in a wide range of environments including ; scrublands, forests, wooded areas, grasslands, coastal areas, shrublands, heathlands, houses, barns and other buildings.

Recommended Substrate

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

Natural Diet Rodents and sometimes lizards or chicks
Primary Captive Diet Rodents
Identification Issues

Some specimens exist that have not developed the large eyes and in our opinion these may well be hybrids.  We have produced offspring from a mating of lineatus with capensis and this does seem to hold true.  Viewing with a microscope will help with identification.

There is also a theory that the lineatus without the large eyes are in fact a different subspecies Boaedon Lineatus Bedriagae  from São Tomé and Príncipe Islands.

Other Observations Care should be taken when feeding your house snake as they are usually quite aggressive feeders!

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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