Trinket Rat Snake

Scientific Name: Elaphe Helena

Trinket Rat Snake

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Known as Elephant Helena by its scientific name, the Trinket Rat Snake is a non-venomous snake species usually found in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Its common names are Trinket snake, Trinket Rat Snake and Collared snake. There are two other subspecies associated with this snake. While the snake species is generally large, Trinket Rat Snakes however are moderately sized. The male members usually measure ninety to a hundred centimetres. Females are usually larger and measure a hundred and twenty to a hundred and thirty centimetres. There is documentation of some measuring one hundred and sixty eight centimetres long female Trinket Rat Snakes. The colors on the Trinket Rat Snake are usually chocolate brown and tan. The snakes also sport a checkered pattern on their bodies as well as two dark prominent lines on their lower bodies. These snakes are also slender.

Trinket Rat Snakes Are Beautiful Creatures

Trinket Rat Snake

Facts About Trinket Rat Snakes

Geographic Location

One can find the Trinket Rat Snakes in the Indian subcontinent, Nepal in the east, and the Bangladesh region. Another place one is most likely to come across them is Sri Lanka in the south.


These snakes favour warm, tropical climates and are usually found in dry areas.


The Trinket Rat Snake is carnivorous in nature. It feeds on rodents and birds. This snake species is also renowned for its good temperament and can therefore make a good pet. Some can be quite aggressive especially in the wild but become docile upon captivity.


The Elephant Helena is oviparous and produce neonates by laying four to seven eggs which later hatch after a period of sixty days of subsequent incubation under temperatures of eighty two to eight six degrees Fahrenheit. The females of this species are usually reproductively active throughout the year.


Trinket Rat Snakes flourish in captivity and make good pets, as they are docile as well as slow.

Trinket Rat Snake
Snakes can’t bite food so they have to swallow it whole.