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Posted by ronda on April 20, 2003 at 22:39:51:
In Reply to: Beauty Snake Questions posted by Hurley on April 20, 2003 at 21:17:15:
There are several different types of beauty snakes (Elaphe taeniura)....
Blue beauties (E. t. ssp)
Taiwan beauties (E. t. friesi)
Chinese beauties (E. t. taeniura)
Mocquard's beauties (E. t. mocquardi)
Cave Dwelling Rats (E. t. ridleyi)
... to name a few! Of the above list, I think Taiwans get the biggest (8 feet? I've never kept them). My experience is limited to ridleyi and blues. My adult blues are just shy of 7 feet. My ridleyi average about 6 to 6.5 feet. Beauties tend to be shy snakes (again, my experience is limited to two subspecies). My blues are shy as hatchlings and "slightly wary" as adults, although not very inclined to bite. My ridleyi are shy and defensive at hatchlings the same as adults. They are one of those "once you get them out of their enclosures they're fine, but be careful reaching in" types of snakes.
I believe there are some different morphs of the Chinese beauties (albino) but as far as I know, no morphs of the others yet. There are a few photos at ratsnakes.com, and if you can get your hands on the Schulz book (Monograph of the Colubrid Snakes of the Genus Elaphe) then you're in good shape. Tons of pictures and info there.