Amur Russian Rat Snake

Scientific Name: Elaphe Schrencki

Amur Russian Rat Snake

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Amur “Russian” rat snake is an indigenous of Russia and one of the largest snakes under the species of Elaphe also identified as colubridae family of rat snakes. It is also referred to as the friendliest among large snakes. Some of the common names are Amur rat snake, Korean rat snake, and Russian rat snake. The first species of this reptile originated from Manchuria, and Korea, and Siberia with stocky and thick bodies. The head is defined while the anal plate divided. The juveniles appear tan or brown in color with cross of lighter gray or brown shades. Adults have generally black stripes with cream or yellow linings. An adult Elaphe schrencki grows to a full length of 140 cm to 180 cm. Under normal conditions of good health, it has a life expectancy of 20 years or more. Males usually tend to grow bigger than females. This growth in size does continue, as it grows older. It tends to be quite inquisitive of its environment as adapts to a new region of captivity.

Amur Russian Rat Snakes Are Beautiful Creatures

Amur Russian Rat Snake

Amur Russian Rat Snakes

Geographic Location

This huge reptile ranges from regions of China, Mongolia, Russia, Korea and swampy grassland zones.


Elaphe schrencki prefers wetlands but it is found in any sort of habitat. These range from sparse vegetations to farmlands and rocky regions or shrub forests.


This species of snake is seldom nervous, fearless unless it is molting, and is often very humble and personable. It is calm, cooperates, and accepts the holder after short time. It maintains a perfect bond with the handler consequently making it preferable for shows.


Mating occurs during spring with the females laying six to fourteen eggs with a subsequent period of 40 to 60 days of incubation.


Elaphe schrencki does well in captivity because of its curious nature and amiable character. It feeds on small mammals such as rats and moles therefore making it easy to maintain and breed.

Amur Russian Rat Snake
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