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SLOWINSKI RAT SNAKE CARE GUIDE

Pantherophis slowinski

Introduction

Slowinski Ratsnakes are very similar to their close relative, the Corn Snake, pantherophis guttatus.  They are a moderately sized snake, although heavier bodied than the corn snake and  among the easiest to maintain in captivity. They are primarily a terrestrial (ground dwelling) species which is active mainly at dawn and dusk (crepuscular). Slowinski Ratsnakes are constrictors and a member of the largest family of snakes, colubrids.

Like the Great Plains Ratsnake, pantherophis emoryi, they are not kept in such great numbers as the corn snake but are just as easy to maintain in captivity and make an excellent alternative and to some makes a great introduction into the wonderful world of other ratsnakes.

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

Experience Level Beginner
Temperament

Generally very placid. They are similar in temperament to a corn snake in that they are normally fairly placid and just as inquisitive.

Other Notes This snake was originally believed to be a naturally occuring hybrid/intergrade between the Corn Snake, pantherophis guttatus and the Great Plains Ratsnake, pantherophis emoryi however it has now been elevated to species status and given the scientific name pantherophis slowinski .  It has also been given a number of common names including Kisatchie Corn Snake and Slowinski Corn Snake however to avoid being confused with Corn Snakes or hybrids using Corn Snakes (which many of the Slowinskis advertised for sale are) we have chosen to refer to them as Slowinski Rat Snakes.
Captive Variants

Wild Type, Anerythristic, Silver Leaf

Expected Adult Length 60 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 Range 22C (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 Louisiana & Eastern Texas
Natural Environment

Found mainly in pine forests but also inhabit other forests, leaf litter, dry uplands and rocky areas.

Recommended Substrate

We prefer to use Aspen.

Natural Diet Rodents and Birds
Primary Captive Diet Rodents.
Other Observations

Once established, many have an incredibly sharp feeding response therefore care must be taken when feeding. Some specimens become overweight easily and in these cases we recommend feeding only once or twice a month when they are adult.

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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