Less common colubrids

I’m looking for a species of colubrid that isn’t super well known, grows no bigger than three or four feet, makes a great pet and is available captive bred. I’d also like it to be at least semi handleable. What would y’all suggest?

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Following this thread. I’m interested in the responses.

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Cape african house snake, it fits every category. Kenyan sand boas also would work.

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Kenyan sand boas are boas

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I knew that but I still mentioned it since they check all the boxes (I figured you asked for colubrids for characteristics rather than taxonomy).

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oh, ok. gotcha.

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Also, fun fact, since I brought up the kenyan sand boa thing, african house snakes aren’t actually colubrids, they’re lamprophiids.

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Bamboo Ratsnakes! Hands down!

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I’ve actually been looking into those, do you have experience with them, or could you point me towards someone with experience?

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:man_facepalming: I was close enough. :rofl: :laughing:

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I don’t blame you, I learned very recently that they aren’t colubrids and they are under the other colubrids section in MorphMarket and are constantly referred to as colubrids by many people.

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I have not had a personal experience with them but plan to get into them in the future. People that I have read care guides from basically say they are high humidity corn snake that sometimes has an attitude.

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Arizona mountain king snakes and Japanese ratsnakes.

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They don’t need extra heat like a corn snake though. They are best at room temps no higher than 82°F if I recall.

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Milk snakes and garter snakes are two other colubrids (yes, I checked lol) you could look into. They both have a lot of morphs and species/subspecies.

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@lumpy @ashleyraeanne Is there a specific subspecies of bamboo rat snake you would recommend, or does it not really matter and just comes down to personal preference?

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Yes, garter snakes were another species I was looking at.

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Yes, I should’ve specified that I was referring to corn snake like temperament. Yes room temperature for them, no additional heating. Any additional heat will kill them.

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The care of each one is the same, so it is just preference really. Make sure to look at what they are like as adults, because many fade with age.

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Usually the black lines fade, and oranges can dull.

I like the look of O.p. Laticinctus, but as Ashley said it is a personal preference. But here is what they look like Large Baby O.p.lati Bamboo Rat Snake by EDzExotics.com - MorphMarket USA
But I also love the look of these
Yunnan (Pulchra) Bamboo Rat Snake by Bartley Reptiles - MorphMarket USA

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