Skillelinie

Zamenis longissimus

(Aesculapian snake)

 Melanistic captive born male. Adult.
 
The Aesculapian snake, previously known as Elaphe longissima, lives in southern Europe and Turkey. Size can reach up to 200 cm but is normally 120 – 140 cm. Animals from the Western part of their geografic range are smaller than the ones from the East. They favor rocky areas, walls, ruins and wooded hillsides. 
 
Normal captive bred female. Juvenile.
Normal captive bred female. Juvenile.
 
Zamenis lineatus, previously known as Elaphe longissima romana, is a new species seperated from Zamenis longissimus inhabit the southern part of Italy. It has normally 4 black lines on the back and orange/red eyes.
 
Zamenis longissimus baby
Melanistic captive bred female. Juvenile.
 
Aesculapian Snakes often seems difficult to maintain in captivity, but captive bred animals kept on the cooler side are as easy as Corn Snakes. Feed them on small mice (hoppers) or newborn rats. The Aesculapian snake is an excellent climber and likes to be in the top of terrarium overlooking the surroundings especially from a hiding place like a birdnest. Our Aesculaps arn`t growing as fast as most ratsnakes. They reach maturity in 4-5 years, because they often refuse eating in the summer. Most of their food is taken in the spring They are hibernated 4-5 months each year at about 5-10 degrees Celcius. Copulations often takes place at night just after the female has completed a shed, and neckbiting occurs. The eggs hatch after 52-60 days at about 27 degrees Celcius. Juveniles are sometimes very easy and eats pincky mice after few days, but many should be force fed for several months.
Zamenis lineatus previously known as Elaphe longissima romana
Zamenis lineatus previously known as Elaphe longissima romana