Do Mandarin rat snakes make good pets?
Mandarin rat snake, Euprepiophis mandarinus have stunning yellow and black markings down the entire length of their body, making them truly beautiful snakes. On top of this, they are generally quite docile and will tolerate handling without any fuss, although youngsters can be a little defensive until they get used to it.
This species originates from parts of Asia, and requires a slightly more humid environment than most rat snakes. All of our Mandarin rat snakes for sale at Swell Reptiles are captive bred in the US, leaving you safe in the knowledge that your new snake came from a reliable source.
What type of enclosure does a Mandarin rat snake need?
Mandarin rat snakes are a very active species, so should be given a good amount of space to explore and roam. We recommend a minimum enclosure size of 120 x 60 x 60cm (4 x 2 x 2ft), for example, the VivExotic Repti-Home Bearded Dragon Vivarium Large. It is important, due to the higher humidity requirements of this species, to use vivarium sealant around the inside joins of the vivarium to prevent moisture damage.
What temperature should a Mandarin rat snake be kept at?
As with all reptiles, Mandarin rat snakes are ectothermic, so cannot control their internal body temperature without the help of external sources. Their enclosure should have a thermogradient that runs from around 28-30°C (82-86°F) in one end, to around 22°C (71°F) in the other.
Due to their larger enclosure sizes, heat mats will not work for this species. Rather, an overhead heating system such as a basking lamp or ceramic heater should be chosen and attached to the compatible thermostat, which would be a dimming thermostat for a basking lamp or a pulse thermostat for a ceramic heater.