Equipment for an Amur Rat snake
Lighting: Komodo Ceramic Fitting & PT-2131 spot Neodymium bulb 40w spot bulb Guard
Heating: PT-2047 Ceramic Heat Emitter 150watt and ceramic guard. Pulse proportional Thermostat.
Substrate: Aspen or Beech chips
Décor: PT-2804 X-large water Dish, PT-3040 – PT3052 mix of 4-6+ plants, Vines 4 PT-3082 they need plenty of vines and branches to climb. Bark Cave large.
Amur Rat snake (Elaphe schrenkii anomala)
Common names: Amur at Snake, Korean Rat Snake and Russian Rat snake (reputed to be the same as E.schrenki)
The Amur Rat snake has often been called the friendliest of large snakes. Also known as the Korean or Amur Rat snake, this snake is very curious and personable, and makes a great pet for those who love reptiles.
Native to wetlands and farmlands where small rodents abound, the Amur is semi-arboreal, and this means that you should equip its terrarium with lots of sturdy branches and shelves so the large snake can amuse itself and exercise. This snake’s large size also dictates a very large terrarium. A 30-gallon long tank will do quite nicely for an adult. Amur Rat snakes love to soak, so be sure a bowl of water is present in the terrarium at all times. The Amur Rat snake is native to a cold climate, with short springs and summers. In the wild, the Amur Rat snake breeds in the spring and incubates the eggs for about two months. This means the Amur Rat snake develops very quickly before hatching and grows quickly once out of the egg. Amur Rat snakes hatch in the warmer months, and if you want to breed them they need to be hibernated for two months. It has been noted that Amur Rat snakes breed in a very similar fashion to King snakes. The Amur Rat snake likes smaller food, like pinkie or fuzzy mice and rats. They are diurnal and captive-bred specimens typically do not bite. All in all, the Amur Rat snake is very easy to keep, and because of its amiable and curious nature, makes a very appealing pet.
Amur Rat snakes have stocky, thick bodies and are very large, growing from six to eight feet in captivity. The heads are well defined and they have a divided anal plate. Juvenile Amur Rat snakes are brown or tan with cross bands of a lighter shade of brown or gray. As adults, Amur Rat snakes are generally black with yellow or cream stripes.
Amur Rat snakes are native to Russia, especially in the areas around the River Amur, in addition to much of Korea, China, and Mongolia. They prefer wetlands but are found in all sorts of habitats, from sparsely vegetated areas to farmland and even rocky areas or forests of shrubs.
Size: 70 inches
Breeding and Propagation:
The Amur Rat snake generally breeds in the spring, after having hibernated for one to two months, and this will have to be simulated to encourage these snakes to breed in captivity. The procedure is similar to that used in breeding King snakes. The Amur Rat snake lays 6 to 14 eggs. After 40 to 60 days of incubation, the eggs will hatch and the young Amu Rat snakes will grow very quickly.