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Main Category:

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Sub Category:

Water Snakes

 Care Sheet Submitted By:

Caliherper

Years Experience:

5 to 10 Years

Species:

Chinese Mock Viper (Psammodynastes pulverulentus)

Other Species or Phases this Care Sheet May Cover:

Common Mock Viper

Sexing and Characteristics:

Sexing is difficult, so i would first get your snake probed by a pro.

These snakes are not vipers, but have mild venom in their rear fangs. They are found in China, Taiwan, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and in the Philippines.

They are brownish, grayish in color, but are sometimes seen in bright yellow patterns.

Mock vipers are colubrids that live for about 15-20 years in captivity, but not much is known about these fearsome snakes.

Mostly Active During:

Night

Substrate and Water Needs:

Peat moss, Soil, Cypress Mulch, newspaper, paper towels, or Aspen bedding, all can work well, small, tight hide spot, large water dish, separate hide spot with moistened sphagnum moss.

Lighting and UVB:

A 20 watt bulb shall do fine for the day and a 50 watt infrared bulb for the night.

Temperatures and Humidity:

Day temps- 72-85 degrees F
Night temps- 70-80 degrees F

Keep humidity at about 70-90%.

Heating and Equipment:

Never ever use heat rocks, it can burn, kill, and dry up your snake. Other heat products can be recommended.

Caging Provided:

I used a small plastic shoe box for my babies to interlock the humidity. and used an arboreal cage for my adults. Also use separate hide spot with moistened sphagnum moss, deli cups with a cut opening will do fine.

Diet:

Carnivorous

Description of Diet:

Feed one appropriately sized mouse once a week. Typically feed live pinkies overnight to start. Do not handle for 24 hours after feeding.

Supplements, Nutrition and Usage:

None

Maintenance:

Clean cage weekly, and change water daily.

Some Words on this Species:

These Guys are aggressive and should be handled as little as possible, because they are delicate. I myself have a Juvenile female, that is in its bright neon yellow for. These guys are very rare and captive breeding has probably done by my brother’s adult pairs. so good luck on finding one.
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