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Snake Breeders Based in Leicestershire, England, UK      


Zamenis persicus


Persian Ratsnakes are a fairly small 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 to Experienced

Shy. Persian 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.

Captive Variants Brown/Red Phase, Black/Grey Phase, Melanistic, Piebald
Expected Adult Length 70 to 90cm
Recommended Housing

Vivarium or plastic tubs

We prefer to use tubs as we found them to be much easier to keep clean. Persians are found in dense vegetation and forests so climbing branches and 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

-Climbing branches are advantageous but not essential

Temperature Range 25C (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


Northern Iran & Lenkoran in Azerbaijan

Natural Environment

Dense vegetation and forests

Recommended Substrate

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

Natural Diet Primarily rodents however it is also suggested their natural diet may include amphibians and small reptiles
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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