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Posted by shesco on March 20, 2003 at 15:38:30:
In Reply to: Russian (Amur) Rats (schrenckii) posted by Art MacAilin on March 19, 2003 at 12:42:52:
I currently have two Russian Ratsnakes, a male and female. I keep them together in the same enclosure and not only do they get along, but they actually seem to prefer each other's company. I keep mine right around 60-75 degrees, and this winter it got as low as 55 with no problems. They seem to never strike, not even at food, and really like crawling around on me. My two are very arboreal and spend as much time on the grapesticks and vines in their enclosure as they do on the ground. I have found mine to be aquatic also and spend quite a bit of time in water and will even completely submerge themselves. I read somewhere that in Russia they are called Black Water Snakes. I agree with Pulatus that they are highly under-rated. I especially like the fact that baby snakes look nothing like adults, and part of the excitement for me is seeing how they change over time and the progression into their adult colors.