Skillelinie

Gonyosoma oxycephala

(Red-tailed racer)

Gonyosoma oxycephala male
 
The redtailed racer inhabits the tropical forrests of the Eastern part of Asia. Max. size is about 240 cm, but adults are normally about 2 meter. No subspecies are discribed but beside the common green form, there is a grey or reddish form especially from Jawa (Indonesia).
 
Gonyosoma oxycephala unicolored female
Gonyosoma oxycephala unicolored female
 
Gonyosoma oxycephala unicolored female
 
Wild caught red-tailed racers are extremly difficult to keep alive. There has been some breeding results, and captive born juveniles are possible to buy in USA and Europe. These are easier to keep but arn`t still suitable for the beginner.  
 
Gonyosoma oxycephala laying her eggs
 
They should be kept in a moist inviroment with an average temperature of 25-27 degrees Celcius. These snakes are aboreal and active during the day. Red-tailed racers prefer small birds as food but will normally accept rodents even defrosted. The mate all year round but usually in September or October. Females can produce 3-4 clutches in one year. Juveniles hatch after 90-120 days and they can be fed with newborn mice. It is vey important that they arn`t kept to dry during their first sheddings.
Gonyosoma oxycephala angry
Gonyosoma oxycephala angry
 
Gonyosoma oxycephala, copulation
We had and bred these snakes some years ago.