Elaphe carinata (Taiwanese stink snake)
Origin: parts of Asia, Vietnam, Taiwan, China and Japan
Length: up to 250 cm long
Age: 15 years
It is a typical Elaphe that is clearly visible in both the head and the build of the body. The length of this species is about two meters. The color is black/brown green with a yellow snout tip. A white, yellow or red stripe runs from head to mid-body. They have 18 to 20 teeth in the upper jaw.
Experience: Average hose holder
Food: Live or dead prey. Main prey animals are small mice.
Adult feeding: every 5 to 7 days
Feeding young: Every 3 to 5 days
Water bowl: Yes
Water change: 2-3 times a week
There is the choice to present the prey alive or dead. It is recommended to offer dead food. This is more practical and prevents the food animal from injuring your snake. It is also advised to offer the food animal with feeding tongs and to feed your snake outside the enclosure. This ensures that your hand is not associated with food and prevents you from grabbing a snake for your hand while feeding. If you do go for live food, you must supervise the feeding. The prey animal can also injure the snake. Feed the snakes separately, because when two snakes grab the same prey they can injure each other and sometimes even eat each other. The ideal prey is about as wide as the widest part of the snake.
The snakes like to lie in the water and a large water bowl should therefore not be missed in the enclosure. The water bowl should be big enough for the snake to lie in with its whole body and something bigger is appreciated. Because the hose lies in it, the water can get dirty faster, so make sure that the water is changed when it is dirty. They also drink that water.
To keep your Taiwan stink snake healthy, a hygienic living environment is important. To achieve this, the accommodation will have to be cleaned regularly. Cleaning once a week is enough. In order to prevent the build-up of bacteria, the entire accommodation must be cleaned and disinfected a few times a year.
From time to time you may need to handle your hose(s). If you handle a snake it is wise to use a snake hook, if not make sure you handle the snake calmly in your hand. These hose(s) are easy to handle, although there are some things that need to be paid attention to during handling. First of all, never squeeze your hose while handling, because their vertebrae are fragile and can easily break. It is best to let your snake lie quietly in your hand. Also make sure your hands are washed and don't smell of food. Finally, do not handle your snake when it is molting and do not handle it in the dark.
Minimum size stay for 1 couple: 170 x 60 x 60
Lying surface: 0.5 m2
Day temperature: 22-26C
Night temperature: 17-22C
Hours of light: 10-12 hours
Ground cover: Humus or sand (not desert sand)
The snake lives in and along forest edges, grasslands and in cultivated areas. So very diverse.
Before the stay there are some extra things to pay attention to. The snake is able to squeeze itself through small cracks. Keep this in mind and make sure that there are no small cracks in the accommodation through which it fits. In addition, ventilation is needed to keep the air fresh and it is recommended that the accommodation be placed out of the bright sun and as vibration-free as possible.
Hunting method: Strangler snake.
Lifestyle: Semi-arboreal/Semi-aquatic & day/night active
Active curious snakes, who have a good-humoured character. This ensures that they are easy to get "tame" and easy to handle.
Points of attention
Wild and unhandled snakes can be defensive. Make sure you let them get used to this a bit.
Cost and Purchase
Legislation: This species does not fall under cites so a transfer paper is desirable as with transfer of any animal. With this you can always prove where they were purchased in the event of questions.
One-off costs: This includes the costs for accommodation, lighting, heating, water bowl and decoration. This can together cost a few hundred euros to a few thousand euros. The final amount depends on the quality and size of the products.
Fixed costs: Fixed costs include the costs for the feed, which is several tens of euros per year.
Unexpected costs: Costs have been incurred when your hose happens to get sick or your equipment breaks down.