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Old 07-26-20, 10:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Kunashir Island Japanese Rat Snake

At the end of April I purchased a blue phase Kunashir Island Japanese rat snake, Elaphe climacophora. He's been a fantastic little snake, a tiny bit defensive, but a great eater of f/t rodents.

Here he is (note, they don't turn blueish until they get a little older):





Another note, they're semi arboreal:


And here's the quarantine enclosure, a 12x12x18 ZooMed enclosure with cypress mulch substrate, a handful of hides, and a climbing opportunity with plastic plants added to provide a little cover.


He was initially curious about getting his picture taken but, once in his perch, decided he didn't like my camera and tried to strike at it. I have an AP cage coming in for him next month, I'm looking forward to getting him set up in a permanent enclosure.
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Old 07-26-20, 11:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Nice. Old world rats have got to be one of my fav group of colubrids. They come in so much variety.
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Old 07-26-20, 11:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Beautiful snake!
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Old 07-27-20, 11:02 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Kunashir Island Japanese Rat Snake

I've had a pair for several years. They're the best snakes for handling in my collection. They've never been defensive or flighty, even when they arrived as babies. As adults they have fantastic metallic looking colors along with the turquoise heads.
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Re: Kunashir Island Japanese Rat Snake

I thought I remembered someone on here having some. If you get an opportunity to take some pictures then you should post them.

I've been looking at old world rats for a while now. I'm strongly considering adding a Thai bamboo rat snake or a mandarin rat.
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Re: Kunashir Island Japanese Rat Snake

I have a thai bamboo ratsnake. Had a pair but the male had a very bad chewing by his cloaca which caused him to prolapse. First time it happened i was able to get it back in and was good for a few months then i just found him dead one day prolapsed. I assumed it was like that for a couple days since they are very shy and i stopped checking up on him.
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Re: Kunashir Island Japanese Rat Snake

Anyway they are very very cool snakes they do act shy until its feeding time then they are ready and nothing will stop them.
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