The Russian Rat Snake (Elaphe schrenckii) is a non-venomous colubrid reptile. It is also known as the Amur Rat Snake, the Manchurian Black Racer, the Manchurian Black Water Snake, the Russian Ratsnake, and the Schrenck’s Rat Snake.
The Russian Rat Snake is glossy black with a cream and black striped underbelly. It has large black eyes.
It measures about 180 centimetres (71 inches) in length.
The Russian Rat Snake is native to north-east Asia, in countries such as Russia, Korea, Mongolia, and China. It prefers open forests, scrublands, farmlands, swamps, and wetlands. It likes holes in trees and logs.
It is a good swimmer and a good tree climber.
It eats mice, rats, birds and bird eggs.
The Russian Rat Snake is oviparous. The female lays 6-17 eggs, which hatch after about 2 months.
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