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Average Rating Given To This Care Sheet Is 2.50    (1=lowest, 5=highest)    Last Updated: 07/20/2007

Main Category:

Snakes

Sub Category:

Rat Snakes

 Care Sheet Submitted By:

Rat Snake

Years Experience:

3 to 5 Years

Species:

Texas Rat Snake Elaphe o. lindheimeri

Other Species or Phases this Care Sheet May Cover:

This species also comes in albino which can be hard to find a breeder to sell it to you.
I comes in high orange which has more orange than normal.
The most popular by far is the leucistic which is all white with bluish-gray or blue eyes

Sexing and Characteristics:

You can see the gender very easily when the snake is under six months old. For a young normal colored specimen the darker babies are females and the lighter ones are males. While the snake is under six months old you can pop it by squeezing carefully by the vent[not for novices]. You can also tell by tapering which means that males have a skinny vent which tapers slowly to the tail. Females have a much wider vent which tapers to the tail very quickly. You may also probe it. A probe is a skinny metal stick that goes down the vent it stops quickly for females and slowly for males.

Mostly Active During:

Both

Substrate and Water Needs:

You can use cypress mulch, aspen mulch or newspaper. I use newspaper because all I have to do is take the newspaper, throw it away then replace it. For water all you need is a bowl and spring water. Replace water every day or when ever there are feces in the bowl.

Lighting and UVB:

I just keep my cage in a room with a lot of natural sunlight because heat lamps can be a fire hazard and have caused house fires before.

Temperatures and Humidity:

I mist my snakes at least once a day. They need temperatures at about 75 degrees Fahrenheit to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. I keep these temperatures by using my heat mat and a thermometer to tell me the temperature.

Heating and Equipment:

I prefer using a heat mat because I know that it will not hurt the snake or cause a house fire.

Caging Provided:

I provided my snake with a 30 gallon glass terrarium. In my cage I have fake plants [which I use to raise humidity], newspaper substrate, water bowl, branches for climbing and two hide boxes. One of the hide boxes has moist sphagnum moss to help the snake shed [I highly recommend it] and there is one empty one.

Diet:

Carnivorous

Description of Diet:

They eat 1-2 appropriately sized mice or rats a week. I would suggest frozen thawed because they canít hurt the snake. You can tell if it is the right size by comparing the rodent to the snakeís widest point. It should be 1-1.5 times the widest point.

Supplements, Nutrition and Usage:

None are needed but you may use vitamin D3 for gravid females or if you just want to make sure that your baby stays healthy.

Maintenance:

Clean once a week. If you chose to use news paper all you have to do is replace the piece that the snake pooped on. For other substrates just throw it away and put more in.

Some Words on this Species:

This is a problem-free species I have never had any problem with it. I have never been bitten by it or had it refuse to eat. It has a great feeding response. If any one asked me what the best species to keep was I would definitely tell them that the Texas Rat Snake is the best by far.
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