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Old 14-08-2012, 11:17 AM
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does anybody keep Four Lined Snakes, (Elaphe quatuorlineata)? I'm interested in the species, and wondering what sized viv would be needed, what sort of environment, and any special requirements they might have.
Also, are there different colour varieties/morphs available?
Any Pics would be nice too.
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Old 14-08-2012, 11:26 AM
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one of my early large rat experiences was with four lines, they are just awesome snakes, i still remember them fondly after all these years, their big friendly giants they do well in large dry caging, its hard to go too large for adult fourlines caging wise, but minimum 4x2x2 for a pair ideally 5x2x2, their very fond of climbing and lazy basking so an elevated shelf and or branch system is great for them, substrate can be anything, paper aspen etc, u should look at at thrasops thread here http://www.reptileforums.co.uk/forum...ake-walls.html he seems to have a real touch for this kind of species, european rocky, warm n dry species, so his cage designs are ideal for fourlines, if i remember correctly i had one that had a thing for hamsters , just remember they do get quite large and chunky, but are generally very placid animals if raised with care and kindness, their quite bright i think as well, they have one of the most beautiful faces of all the rats i think.

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does anybody keep Four Lined Snakes, (Elaphe quatuorlineata)? I'm interested in the species, and wondering what sized viv would be needed, what sort of environment, and any special requirements they might have.
Also, are there different colour varieties/morphs available?
Any Pics would be nice too.
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Old 14-08-2012, 11:30 AM
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one of my early large rat experiences was with four lines, they are just awesome snakes, i still remember them fondly after all these years, their big friendly giants they do well in large dry caging, its hard to go too large for adult fourlines caging wise, but minimum 4x2x2 for a pair ideally 5x2x2, their very fond of climbing and lazy basking so an elevated shelf and or branch system is great for them, substrate can be anything, paper aspen etc, u should look at at thrasops thread here http://www.reptileforums.co.uk/forum...ake-walls.html he seems to have a real touch for this kind of species, european rocky, warm n dry species, so his cage designs are ideal for fourlines, if i remember correctly i had one that had a thing for hamsters , just remember they do get quite large and chunky, but are generally very placid animals if raised with care and kindness, their quite bright i think as well, they have one of the most beautiful faces of all the rats i think.

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so, just how big do they get then? Thanks for all the info!
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Old 14-08-2012, 11:39 AM
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id say the average for captives is 5ft, u can get some that dont go over 4ft for some reason, whether its a regional thing of the original stock or just a genetic thing peculiar to a few animals, then a few do get bigger, over 6ft but takes a while and u dont see them that size very often, a good healthy adult would be around a chunky 5ft by the time its 4 or 5 id say, also they have big bouncing babys, no fragile little worms for fourlines

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so, just how big do they get then? Thanks for all the info!
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The Elaphe quatuorlineata muenteri is only half the size of the nominate species, but looks just like the nominate species regarding to colours and patterns.
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The Elaphe quatuorlineata muenteri is only half the size of the nominate species, but looks just like the nominate species regarding to colours and patterns.
oh, wow! How commonly available are they?
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