Common Names: Russian Ratsnake, Amur Ratsnake
Scientific Name: Elaphe schrencki
First Described: STRAUCH, 1873
CAPTIVE CARE NOTES
Docile & Inquizative
25°C (77°F) - 21°C(70°F) with a hot spot of 28°C (82°F)
Large Water Bowl
47-54°F (8-12°C) for 3-4 months
Between 6 and 30 eggs are laid per clutch hatching from 35 to 60 days at an incubation temperature of between 25-29°C
Melanistic, Striped, Anerythristic
Also called the 'Manchurian Watersnake' as the name suggests, this species inhabits fairly moist biotopes. Forest clearings, scrub, farmland, hiding amongst cavities in trees, piles of stone or wood, and when threatened can flee up a tree or into the water. E. schrencki has been noted up to 6m high in trees.
This species lives in regions with altitudes up to 2000m.
In the wild the diet of Elaphe schrencki includes, Rats, Mice, Birds including their Eggs and Bats.
China, Korea, Russia, Mongolia.