Ratsnakes are seasonal breeders, producing offspring in July and August each year. (Trans-Pecos Ratsnakes in October and November) We will offer them here as soon as they have started feeding and are ready to go. Watch for them then, or sign up for notifications at left.
Genetics For Herpers
Genetics For Herpers is a great way to learn genetics. This book starts with the basics and teaches everything you need to know in order to understand the role that genetics plays in breeding. The book is 84 pages (7½" x 5½") and includes over 120 illustrations plus a glossary. Click here to learn more or order.
Mandarin Ratsnake (Euprepiophis mandarinus [Elaphe mandarina])
Four foot long lemon yellow and black ratsnakes from China. We always thought these were the prettiest snakes around. We purchased imported specimens by the dozens and lost them all before we finally got some captive bred stock. Once we spent the extra money for captive bred stock, they are easy… Live and learn. Click here to learn more/see adults.
Axanthic Trans-Pecos Ratsnake (Bogertophis subocularis)
Homozygous for Axanthism, a recessive mutation. The unique axanthic trait popped up unexpectedly in some Blonde Phase Subocs many years ago, and aficionados promptly began efforts to create normally patterned 'silver' individuals by out-crossing. The results were worth the effort! Click here to learn more/see adults.
Blonde Phase Trans-Pecos Ratsnake (Bogertophis subocularis)
Homozygous for Blonde, a naturally occuring recessive trait. Found only in a very restricted area of the 'Big Bend' region of west Texas. Incredibly rare in the wild, we field collected heavily for these for ten years and found a single road-kill! A recessive mutation which removes the typical black ladder pattern of normal specimens, leaving a pale round-blotched appearance behind. Simply beautiful! Click here to learn more/see adults.
Axanthic Blonde Phase Trans-Pecos Ratsnake (Bogertophis subocularis)
Homozygous for Axanthism and Blonde, two recessive traits. Combining the captive lines of axanthic specimens with the Blonde Phase pattern type results in a rather astonishing appearance! Soft muted blotches of gray-black on pure silver, these snakes look like velvet. As with all Trans-Pecos Ratsnakes, they are incredibly gentle creatures and are wonderful in the hand. Click here to learn more/see adults.
What do all these numbers and stuff mean?
The description of each specimen is followed by the sex of the specimen, it's date of birth, a stock number identifying the specimen, and the selling price. Photos are of the exact specimen listed, most are taken inside a standard 8oz deli cup for size comparison, and are updated as time permits.
Understanding our stock numbers may prove helpful in identifying unrelated specimens:
- F021-01M indicates a 2006 hatching (we started this code in 2001 with 'A', 2002 is 'B' and so on).
- F021-01M indicates the clutch number for that year, and thus all specimens listed as F021- are from the same clutch.
- F021-01M indicates this is the first male from that clutch. F021-03F would the third female from that clutch.
CB - Captive Bred, usually followed by year of birth. Hatched or born from parents kept in captivity.
CH - Captive Hatched, usually followed by year of birth. Hatched or born from a gravid wild-caught female.
WC - Wild-Caught. While all of our stock is produced here, some of it is produced from wild-caught adults that we maintain. We will occasionally sell some of the breeder animals as surplus.
LTC - Long Term Captive, usually followed by year of capture. Applies only to WC animals, indicates they have been maintained for a long period in captivity and are very well established.
50%, 66%, 100% - Percentage of likelihood the specimen is heterozygous for the listed trait.