Species: (Elaphe o. obseleta)
Origin: This animal originates from parts of Central to Southeastern United States.
Size And Longevity: The rat snake is a beautiful snake and has proved to be very hardy and easy
to raise, and another good thing about these snakes are that they make for great starter snakes,
these animals are more slender in size which makes them an easier to handle pet snake,
their beautiful animals as they come in an array of colors and patterns with stripes or blotching,
but this species is usually ivory white on the sides with or light yellow or black dorsal striping,
do to the slender light build of these animals they often tame pretty easy if bought young,
these are a fairly medium size snake and do not require as much room as some snakes do,
they are also more slender in build than others of heavy build, they only reach an average
size of 5 to 7 feet in the wild but in captivity 4 to 6 feet is more common and these animals
are constrictors and they grab their prey and wrap around it, and these animals
have been known to live 10 to 15 years in captivity.
Habitat And Caging Requirements: This species is usually fairly easy to keep and they do not require
a whole lot of room even as adults, they do well at a temperature
of around 74 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit, 1 baby animal can
be kept in a 10 gallon tank or vivarium type of setup and an adult
will require a little more room with a very secure top in a large
type of reptile setup or a 30 to 40 gallon aquarium with a secure
top or locking reptile screen to prevent escape.
You can decorate the tank with wood, live or plastic plant's, aspen substrate
and rock's, this species seems to do best in a tropical like aquarium
or vivarium type setup with a basking area and some moss, and give them
a hiding place, and a water dish to drink from and add humidity, and
keep the water clean by changing it every other day, also keep a water
spray bottle handy to mist down the setup once or twice every day and this
will also help with your' pet's shedding, they also enjoy a basking area,
you also need a incandescent light to set up a basking area for your' animal and
also place a heat pad at one end of the setup.
Temperature And Lighting Requirements: You want to use low wattage bulbs' for best results' to avoid
over heating of your' pet as over heating could cause your' pet
to dehydrate, these animals' seem to fair well at temperatures
of (74 to 82 degrees F.), you also need a heat light set up for a
basking area so the animal can move to and from heat as needed.
Feeding And Nutrition: For feeding your' pet, they like to feed at night' and small ones will feed
on 1 baby mice every 5 to 7 days and you can offer larger mice as they
Handling And Care: "Alright for the care and handling of your pet", I know these guys' are so
cute that your' going too want too handle them all the time right?, but when you first get
them it is a good idea put them in their new home and mostly enjoy watching them
get use to their new home and feed them well for at least a couple of day's which
is really a good idea for any new pet that you get of any kind and then gradually
start too handle them from time to time, this is called acclimating your' animal
which cut's down stress which in turn make's you have a happier healthier pet,
since these are captive born babies they should tame pretty easy.
Written By: Howard Stinson
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