Common Names: Mandarin Ratsnake
Scientific Name: Euprepiophis mandarinus
First Described: CANTOR, 1842
90cm - 120 / 180cm
A very shy and secretive species
Temperature and Humidity Range:
25°C (77°F) to 20°C (68°F), Moderate humidity with a container filled with damp sphagnum moss (humid hide) present in the cage.
8-12°C (47-54°F) for 2-4 months
2-9 eggs per clutch hatching from 40-59 days at 25-29°C
Hypomelanistic, Albino, Xanthic, Leucistic, Anerythristic, Striped
In 1998 a US trader offered a female albino mandarin Ratsnake for $10000, this was the only specimen known at that time. An Asian Exporter published photo's some years back of a Leucistic hatchling, this animal was then purchased by a Chinese Snake Farm. An Anerythristic specimen was in the collection of Karl Krumke (Texas) circa 1989. A Hypomelanistic male was in the collection of Karl Krumke (Texas) circa 1989.
This species has be found in areas of altitude up to 3000m and other areas below 500m. Habitats are varied and include montane rain forests, farmland, areas with dense vegetation, grasses, shrubs, rocky areas and rice fields. The mandarin Ratsnake shows preference for smaller prey items, where it will raid a rodents nest.
Burma (Myanmar), China, India, Taiwan, Vietnam.
IUCN Red List: Not Listed
China Species Red List: Vulnerable VU A2a