Baby Rhinoceros Ratsnake

The Rhinoceros Ratsnake (Gonyosoma boulengeri) is a non-venomous colubrid reptile in the Colubridae family. It is also known as the Vietnamese Longnose Snake.

It is oviparous because it lays eggs. The female lays 5-10 eggs, which hatch after about 60 days. 

Rhinoceros Ratsnake (juvenile)

The baby snakes, called hatchlings or snakelets, are 30-35 centimetres (12-14 inches) long at birth. The snakelets are brownish-grey with dark edges on their back scales. As they grow, they change colour to steel grey after 12-14 months, then to a bluish-green until they gain their adult green colour after 24 months (two years). 

Some snakelets do not become green because they remain at the sub-adult stage in which they remain a steel-greyish colour.

The photographed baby Rhinoceros Ratsnakes are one year old. They were born at the Paris Zoo on 20 August 2018. 

Rhinoceros Ratsnake (juvenile)
Rhinoceros Ratsnake (juvenile)
Rhinoceros Ratsnake (juvenile)
Rhinoceros Ratsnake (juvenile)

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

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