(Last Updated on : 03-03-2016)
Mandarin Rat Snake is commonly known as Rat Snake. It is a non venomous colubrid.
Category of Mandarin rat snake
Mandarin Rat Snake is a species of non venomous colubrid snake endemic to Asia. It is closely related to Euprepiophis conspicillatus
, the Japanese forest rat snake.
Pet Trade of Mandarin Rat Snake
Mandarin Rat Snakes are one of the most popular rat snakes found in the pet trade.
Structure of Mandarin Rat Snake
Mandarin Rat Snake is a relatively small rat snake; adult size is 1.4 m or less in total length (body + tail).
Concentration of Mandarin Rat Snake
Mandarin Rat Snake is concentrated in Indian states like Arunachal Pradesh
, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Taiwan, China, Anhui, Beijing, Chongqing, Fujian, Gansu, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hainan, Hebei, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Liaoning, Shaanxi, Shanghai, Shanxi, Sichuan, Tianjin, Tibet, Yunnan, Zhejiang. They are also found in China, Chekiang, Chusan island (modern transliteration: Zhejiang, Zhoushan.
Taxonomic names of Mandarin Rat Snake
In recent years there has been some taxonomic controversy over the genera of rat snakes. Based on mitochondrial DNA, argued for a splintering of the genus Elaphe and suggested a reworking of the genera.
Habitat of Mandarin Rat Snake
Mandarin Rat Snake is a secretive species, often using rodent burrows for shelter.
Feeding of Mandarin Rat Snake
Mandarin Rat Snake feeds primarily on small rodents, prefers cooler temperatures, and is predominately crepuscular. It occurs from sea level to at least 3,000 m (9,800 ft).