Skillelinie

Elaphe frenata

 

Elaphe frenata female
 
One of the new ratsnakes inside our hobby is Elaphe frenata. Even it is still considered a member of Elaphe, it surely looks like a Gonyosoma. It is a small slender snake being 120-130 cm but looks much smaller. It is found in the highland woods of China, Nortern Vietnam and Assam region India. Little is known about this aboreal snake in nature.
 
Elaphe frenata
 
There has been some small imports of this lovely snake, and the first breedings have occured in USA and in Europe. It is a dayactive aboreal snake that should be kept in a high terrarium with lots of plants. Like most mountain ratsnakes, they don`t need much heat and are active at temperatures as low as 12*C. They are known to have shedding problems and humidity should be kept high and the animals sprayed with water every day. They feed on smaller mice both live and defrosted.