Elaphe porphyracea is a rat snake species, commonly called the black-banded trinket snake, red bamboo snake or red mountain racer, found in mid to upper-level elevations of forested hills in Asia, ranging from evergreen tropical to dry seasonal forests depending on the subspecies and locality.
The head is small, sharp and squarish, whiel the color pattern includes red or orange colors, along with black bands or stripes. A terrestrial species, it has a preference for cool climates that restricts its habitat to hills and mountain plateaus. It is known to be crepuscular, active during the late evenings till night and dawn till late mornings. In captivity, it is one of the most sought-after rat snake species.
(Darjeling, Sikkim, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh (Miao, Namdapha - Changlang district, Itanagar - Papum Pare district), Burma
, South China
(Sichuan, Yunnan, Hong Kong, Hainan, northward to Henan and Gansu; south to Wei He river), Taiwan
, West Malaysia
(Cameron Highlands, Pahang), Indonesia
(Sumatra). The type locality
given is "India: Assam, Mishmi [Mishmee] Hills."
Found only at altitudes exceeding 800-meters in evergreen moist rainforest or monsoon forests, depending on the subspecies and locality. These rat snakes thrive under cool and very humid conditions.
The diet consists primarily of rodents and other small mammals in the wild. Frogs are a possibility. In captivity, mice are accepted readily.
|E. p. porphyraceus
||India; Myanmar; Nepal; People's Republic of China.
|E. p. coxi
|E. p. kawakamii
|E. p. laticincta
||Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra. |
|E. p. vaillanti
||Hong Kong, China, Vietnam. |
|E. p. pulchra
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