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Snake Breeders Based in Leicestershire, England, UK      


Bogertophis subocularis


Transpecos Ratsnakes, also known as Subocs, are moderately sized snakes that are easy to maintain in captivity and come in a variety of colours and patterns. They are primarily a terrestrial (ground dwelling) species which is active mainly at night (nocturnal). Subocs are constrictors and a member of the largest family of snakes, colubrids.

Experience Level Intermediate

Generally placid. Many specimens can even be described as gentle.

Captive Variants

Wild Type, Albino, Axanthic, Golden/Orange, Snow, Hypoxanthic, Panther Canyon, Peach/Pink, Red, Albino Blonde, Axanthic Blonde, Bleached Blonde, Blonde, Mustard Blonde, Snow Blonde, Strawberry Blonde, Patternless

Expected Adult Length110 to 130cm
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)

-Climbing branches are advantageous but not essential

Temperature Range 25C (77F) to 30C (86F)
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 Mexico, Southern New Mexico, West Texas

Natural Environment

Desert flats, brush slopes and rocky outcroppings.

Recommended Substrate

We use Aspen.

Natural Diet Rodents, especially Kangaroo Rats, bats and lizards
Primary Captive Diet Rodents
Other Information

Trans Pecos Ratsnakes require a VERY well ventilated enclosure to ensure they remain in peak condition.

Over feeding or power feeding is not recommended for the good health and wellbeing of subocs therefore a suitable breeding size, particularly for females, may not be reached until they are at least 3 years of age, but usually between 4 and 6 years.

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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