Skillelinie

Oreophis porphyraceus coxi

Oreophis porphyraceus coxi juvenile male
Oreophis porphyraceus coxi juvenile male
 
Oreophis porphyraceus coxi, previously known as Elaphe porpyracea coxi, is a new described subspecies of one of the most beautiful ratsnakes, there is. It inhabit the rainforest of the mountains in the Northeast of Thailand in the provinses Loei, Khon San and Chaiyaphum/Phetchabun. This ratsnake is one of the smaller species of the genus reaching a max. Length of about a meter. Both juveniles and the adults are screaming orange red with 2 black stripes. Juveniles can have 2 -6-black bloches between the stripes, but they fade with age. 
 
Oreophis porphyraceus coxi adult male
Oreophis porphyraceus coxi adult male
 

Keeping these lovely ratsnakes is very similar to the mandarin snake. Wild caught animals are almost impossible to keep alive, but there has been a few successfull breedings, and captive bred juveniles can be found on the market. Like mandarins they prefer a cooler inviroment and a moist area, that they like occupy especially during shedding. They prey on rodents and accept even defrosted food items.

 

 
Coxi hatching
Coxi hatching
 

Hibernation isn`t mandatory for breeding, but a cooler period at 12 -15*C is recommended. Up to 7 eggs in a clutch, but 3-4 is normal. The eggs hatch after 45 -70 days and the juveniles are 22 -29 cm and about 6 g. The captive bred animals seems to be very easy snakes, but the price is sky high.