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Inviato da Rex on Marzo 18, 19100 at 19:33:20:
In Reply to: Re: Chinese rat snake posted by bosk on Febbraio 16, 2000 at 05:41:25:
: OK, Elaphe porphyracea spp. may have a wide distribution range in China and northern SE Asia, but that doesn't make it 'not rare' though. Tiger (subspecies) has a range covering the whole of China up to Russia, and spread across SE Asia to Pakistan westward (alright, used to), will you say it will be 'easy to find in the wild'???
Yes, E. porphyracea species has a very wide range in China, SE Asia. They were quite rare for many years, but in recent years, there have been many more collected and exported, I understand.
Nothing like finding Mandarina or some other Ratsnakes, but I think people learned more about their habitats and know when and where to find them.
I had a friend in Japan and he said he made a trip to China to collect some and on the first night found three of them. deep forest, with rocks and near a spring.
Yes, they are not real common, but I believe there are many more of them out there, just a secretive snake and not out crawling around like others.
What subspecies are you refering to as "Tiger" ?