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Posted by Terry Cox on March 21, 2003 at 07:18:30:
In Reply to: Re: Russian (Amur) Rats (schrenckii) posted by Terry Cox on March 21, 2003 at 07:01:29:
There's a good deal of info on Russians if you do a search on the Ratsnake Forum.
Russians make a great pet snake and I've been keeping them since 1988, when I first saw a pair of adults and had to have them.
One of the first things I learned is that w/c Russians have a short activity cycle in the wild. They may hibernate up to six or seven months. However, CB babies that are from CB adults usually can be kept active year 'round.
There is a big difference bt. Russians from a well established strain and babies from w/c, or near w/c, adults. I usually cool my babies for a few weeks to get them established. Once over two yrs. old I start cooling them for longer periods of time. I brumate adults for about four months, and they will produce well, and live long.
I think breeders tend to ignore the Eurasian ratsnakes, in general, simply because they are not well established in the trade, and there's not much demand for them. Also, they are relatively cheap snakes on the market. But they make great pets and thus the center of my collection. I compare my Eurasians, including the South Korean dione, and bimaculata from China, to the American guttata and a few kingsnakes.
With the right background info, and stock from a reputable breeder, I don't think you would regret starting with Russian Ratsnakes. They are a joy to work with.