Japanese Rat Snake


Common name : Blue general, Aodaisho

Scientific name : Elaphe climacophora

Family : Colubridae

Native to : Japan

Interesting fact : Its vertebra is adapted to crush eggs that it eats.

Conservation status : Not Assessed

The Japanese rat snake is a non-venomous snake that is 120 to 160 cm long. They are olive, bright green, grey or blue with yellow markings and occur as striped, blotched or albino morphs. They inhabit a variety of habitats but often close to a water-body. Active at dawn and dusk, they feed on rodents, lizards, frogs and birds’ eggs.

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