The term 'Ratsnake' is obviously one of dubious taxonomic value, an artificial pigeon hole that certain groups of animals may fall into. Some people would describe some animals as racers while others would happily proclaim them to be Ratsnake. The Foundations definition of 'Ratsnakes' are all animals that are currently or have been described as such, primarily concerning all species formerly described as Elaphe in the tome written by Schulz, 'A Monograph of the Colubrid Snakes of the Genus Elaphe (Fitzinger)'. We are however, also open to the discussion of any other snake commonly described as 'Ratsnakes', such as Rhynchophis boulengeri (Rhino Ratsnake), Ptyas, Spilotes & Spalerosophis species etc. in our eyes these snakes are also 'Ratsnakes'.

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