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Species page for: Taiwan Beauty Snake (Elaphe taeniura friesi)


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A brief snippet about Rat Snakes: Taiwan Beauty Snake

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Natural Habitat
Rat Snake - Taiwan Beauty -

A fascinating snake to watch, the Taiwanese Beauty Rat Snake is an excellent pet.
Taiwanese Beauty Rat Snakes are relatively large ratsnakes and thus need a large cage. Get a big terrarium, since they grow rapidly.

Captive Care
Elaphe (Orthriophis) will taeniura friesei -

Taiwan beauty snake
To date eight subspecies of this species have been identified:
Elaphe will taeniura will taeniura
Elaphe will taeniura friesei
Elaphe will taeniura mocquardi
Elaphe will taeniura schmekeri
Elaphe will taeniura yunnanesis
Elaphe will taeniura grabowsky
Elaphe will taeniura ridleyi
Elaphe will taeniura spp.

Elaphe taeniura friesei, Taiwan Beauty Snake

By Great Valley Serpentarium
The Taiwan Beauty, Elaphe taeniura friesei (Werner 1928) is the largest of the six recognized subspecies with the possibility of a seven subspecies (Schulz, in preparation) which appears to have originated from North Vietnam and has a red tongue instead of the bluish tongue as do the other forms.

Orthriophis taeniurus friesi -

Orthriophis taeniurus frisei previously known as Elaphe taeniura frisei lives on the island of Taiwan. It is one of the largest ratsnakes with a maximum recorded size of 270 cm. Adult friesi above 250 cm are often seen in captivity.

Taiwan Beauty Snake - Elaphe taeniura friesi
This species is general nervous unless handled regularly. Young animals should be given at least four weeks to acclimate to their new environment before being handled.

Orthriopsis taeniura friesi -

Taiwan Beauty Snake -

Taiwan Beauty Snake (Elaphe taeniura friesi) These taeniura have a black dorsal bow tie pattern on a bright yellow background with black marks on a white and yellowish back ground laterally changing to alternating black and yellow stripes.

More Info. - translated

The Elaphe taenuria occurs in at least seven subspecies. To frequent maintained subspecies is the Elaphe taeniura friesi. It reaches a body length of 2,50m, sometimes even up to 3,00m. circulation area is Southeast Asia over Sumatra to Borneo, where the Elaphe inhabits taenuira very different habitats.

Taiwan Beauty Snake -

Color variable, usually light and dark shades of brown and yellow. Anterior part of the snake is patterned with splotches and banding while the tail has just stripes.

Beauty Snake (Elaphe taeniura) -

Scientific Name: Elaphe taeniura (Cope, 1861)
Common Names: Beauty Snake, Stripe-tailed Ratsnake


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