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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: Banded Diadem Ratsnake, Zebra Snake
Scientific Name: Spalerosophis microlepis
First Described: JAN, 1865

Adult Size: 150-180cm
Temperament:  Defensive
Temperature & Humidity Range: Low humidity, keep dry
Known Mutations: None Known at present
Natural History:
Native To: The mountains of Southwest Iran
Scale Counts:
Dorsals: 41-45

Conservation Status:
IUCN Red List: Not Listed
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When were they First Described

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