Skillelinie

Elaphe quatuorlineata quatuorlineata

(Four-lined snake)

Elaphe quatuorlineata female
Elaphe quatuorlineata female
 

Elaphe q. quatuorlineata is the largest of the european ratsnakes.   They are found in Italy, Yougoslavien, Albania and in Greece and is replaced to the east by Elaphe sauromates. Maximum length is recorded as 260 cm, but adults are normally 160 - 180 cm. They are big bulky snakes with a calm behaviour. In nature some animals can be very aggressive and hiss loudy before they strike.

Adult coloration is light brown with 4 black dorsal stripes. The belly is cream white with darker markings. Juveniles are nearly white og light gray with black saddels on the back. The saddles disappeares with age.

The four - lined snake is normally found in connection with stone walls, ruins or buildings where it can find its prey. They are mainly active in the morning and late afternoon. They are exellent climbers and can be found high up in the trees. They prey mainly on rodents like mice rats or even small rabbits, but the diet also includes birds, eggs, bats, lizards and even small turtles.

 
Elaphe q. quatuorlineata / Elaphe sauromates babies
Elaphe q. quatuorlineata / Elaphe sauromates babies
 
Four-lined snakes are calm and easy snakes for the high terrarium. They like staying in the top of branches overlooking the surroundings. Like most european ratsnakes, they prefer a slight cooler inviroment than the american ratsnakes. They are fed with rodents, eggs or day old chickens. Hibernation is mandatory for breeding success. Copulations take place about a month after hibernation and the 6-12 eggs hatch after 54-56 days at 27 degrees Celcius. Juveniles are fed with newborn or fuzzy mice.
 
We had and bred these snakes some years ago.