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MEXICAN NIGHT SNAKE CARE GUIDE

Pseudelaphe Flavirufus Flavirufus

Introduction Mexican Night Snakes, as the common name would suggest, are a nocturnal species with a long tail which indicates they are at least semi-arboreal.  Night Snakes are constrictors and a member of the largest family of snakes, colubrids.  Other names include Tamaulipan Ratsnake, Mexican Ratsnake, Mexican Night Walker, Elaphe flavirufa flavirufa.
Experience Level Beginner to Intermediate
Temperament

Fairly placid but hatchlings can be prone to nipping

Captive Variants Wild Type, Anerythristic
Expected Adult Length 120 to 150cm
Recommended Housing

Vivarium or plastic tubs

We prefer to use tubs as we found them to be much easier 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) one of which should be moist

-Climbing branches are advantageous but not essential

Temperature Range 25C (77F) to 29C (84F)
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

Mexico

Natural Environment

Found in a wide range of both arid and moist environments including; tropical forests, coastal regions, scrublands, dry shrublands, farmland, forests.

Recommended Substrate

We use Aspen and provide moist hides.

Natural Diet Rodents, bats, birds and lizards
Primary Captive Diet Rodents.  Night Snakes seem to prefer multiple smaller food items.
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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