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The term 'Ratsnake' is one of dubious taxonomic value, an artificial pigeon hole that certain groups of animals may fall into. Some people would describe some snakes as Racers while others would happily proclaim them to be Ratsnake. This sites definition of 'Ratsnakes' are all animals that are currently or have been described as such, primarily species formerly described as Elaphe in the book written by K.D Schulz, 'A Monograph of the Colubrid Snakes of the Genus Elaphe (Fitzinger)'. We also have information on other snakes commonly described as 'Ratsnakes', such as Gonyosoma (Rhynchophis) boulengeri (Rhino Ratsnake), Ptyas, Spilotes & Spalerosophis species etc. as well as other colubrids.

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Common Names: Sulaweysi Black Racer
Scientific Name: Ptyas dipas
First Described: SCHLEGEL 1837

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Natural History: Diurnal and terrestrial snake.Inhabiting tropical wet primary forest. Their diet in the wild consists of mainly rodents but also known to prey on frogs, lizards, and birds.

Native To: Sulaweysi
Scale Counts:
Ventrals: 187-198
Subcaudals: 132-139

Conservation Status:
IUCN Red List: Not Listed
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This site has information on the following genera of Ratsnakes ... Spilotes, Spalerosophis, Ptyas, Zamenis, Elaphe, Rhinechis, Senticolis, Pseudelaphe, Pantherophis, Bogertophis, Orthriophis, Gonyosoma, Oreocryptophis, Oocatochus, Euprepiophis, Coelognathus, Archelaphe