Tiger Rat Snakes (Spilotes pullatus pullatus)
This project began in 1999 when I was chatting with Rich Ihle at a local reptile show. Somehow Spilotes came up in conversation and he mentioned he had a nice pair but not with him. I purchased them completely sight unseen and it all started from there. They were originally captive bred in 1997 by Rich but unrelated. The older images pictured below were basically my founding stock. It was the male at 85% bright yellow and 8′ long. The female was normal in appearance with near equal amounts of black and yellow. I produced a very small number of extreme high yellow babies in 2001. The following year produced another couple of clutches from two different females, however, fertility seemed low and I blamed it on the environment being too warm while catering to the python and boa projects I was working on in the same room. I subsequently sold the project.
Fast forward to May 2011, I was able to acquire one of my females back as well as a pair of offspring which were direct descendants of my founding stock. Husbandry this time is correct with a new work area in place and a shift in focus to colubrids in general. I am so happy to have them back in my collection. Nearly every one of us has regretted selling off an animal or project but rarely does it come back…
Greater Keeled Ratsnake (Ptyas carinatus)
This is a gigantic colubrid that inhabits the jungles in Southeast Asia. Arguably one of the the largest colubrids in the world routinely reaching a solid 12’ and look very much like a King Cobra in color and pattern. This is an extremely fast, agile, visual hunter. Now that my collection is built up, I am learning a lot about feeding habits and preferences. Each one seems partial to a different type of prey item but the one common denominator is that the faster the prey goes, the more keyed up the snakes become and are much more apt to chase down and swallow without question. There are basically two color forms, one being a very dark gray with light pattern and a second form which is brown with light pattern. I have a couple specimens that are very light tan fading to a yellow posterior color as well as two melanistic animals. I am hoping to make a big contribution to this hobby some day so stay tuned for captive reproduction announcements.
Lesser Keeled Ratsnake (Ptyas mucosus)
This is another large colubrid from Asia that comes in a few color forms. The most common is a dark gray to brown color with various banding that can be gray to white. I am also working with two other color forms, one being an ivory color and another in a bright yellow. These are much less demanding captives as P. carinatus and readily take rodents. They can be a bit more temperamental but with regular handling they do pretty well. These are listed as CITES II animals for import/export. Captive reproduction here at DM Exotics has been achieved.
Paradise Tree Snake (Chrysopelea paradisi)
When I first saw one of these in person, my eyes were having a hard time focusing and comprehending what I was looking at. Truly one of the most beautiful snakes on the planet. Standing still is one thing but when it takes off, it becomes a blur of black, yellow and red. This is a smaller, fast snake that has the ability to lunge from tree tops and spread its ribs to create lift which allows it forward motion while airborne. These are lizard eaters by nature but some will take mice. Captive reproduction here at DM Exotics has been achieved.