ⓘ Elaphe carinata

                                     

ⓘ Elaphe carinata

Elaphe carinata is a large snake with total length up to 240 cm 7.9 ft. The other common names "stink snake" or "stinking goddess" refer to this species highly developed post-anal glands which, when the snake is picked up, are frequently emptied, with a very strong, bad odour.

It is shown that elaphe carinata is active, predatory snake that eats everything from bugs to birds to snakes, with a special preference for the latter.

The common name of "King ratsnake" refers to its habit of eating other snakes, including venomous species such as cobras and Chinese sharp-nosed Viper. It strangles its prey, banners, similar to the hunting technique of Boas and pythons. It also preys on rodents and other small animals.

There is some concern among herpetoculturists that the king ratsnake may be more closely related to kingsnakes Mexican kind than its current taxonomic family ratsnakes shown elaphe. This is partly due to the dietary habits of the king ratsnake, in particular, preferred are ectothermic predators such as snakes and lizards, and to the physical structure of the head, which is much less pronounced than that of most snakes and reminiscent of the elongated head and indistinct neck structure kingsnakes. In fact, there is very little direct genetic relationship between the two families. They share more in common genetically with other Eurasian rat snakes such as the Russian rat snake shown elaphe schrenkii and a Japanese rat snake shown elaphe climacophorea. They may also have a common origin with the genera Coelognathus, Gonyosoma, and Orthriophis. Only external morphological characteristics and behaviors, generally not considered reliable taxonomic keys to classify relationships between species, as most of the current classification is based on the DNA evidence. On the resemblance with the American Kingsnakes-it is rather an example of convergent evolution, as well as the similarities between the South American Emerald tree Boa Corallus caninus and the Indo-Australian green Tree Python-Morelia viridis.

Distribution: China, Northern Vietnam, Taiwan, Japan, Ryukyu.

                                     
  • Kentucky. Elaphe anomala Boulenger, 1916 Elaphe bimaculata Schmidt, 1925 Elaphe cantoris Boulenger, 1894 Elaphe carinata Gunther, 1864 Elaphe climacophora
  • subradiatus Schlegel, 1837 Elaphe spp. Twin - spotted rat snake, Elaphe bimaculata Schmidt, 1925 King rat snake, Elaphe carinata Gunther, 1864 Japanese
  • Elaphe anomala Twin - spotted ratsnake Elaphe bimaculata King ratsnake Elaphe carinata David s ratsnake Elaphe davidi Amur rat snake Elaphe schrenckii
  • molurus Reticulated Python Python reticulatus Copperhead Trinket Snake Elaphe radiata Rat Snake Ptyas mucosus Common Krait Bungarus caeruleus Banded
  • thospitis Elaphe Elaphe anomala Elaphe bimaculata Elaphe cantoris Elaphe carinata Elaphe climacophora Elaphe davidi Elaphe dione Elaphe hodgsoni Elaphe moellendorffi
  • Ectopistes Ectopistes migratorius Egertonia Elaphe Elaphe guttata or unidentified comparable form Elaphe obsoleta or unidentified comparable form
  • migratorius Egertonia Egertonia isodonta Elaphe Elaphe guttata or unidentified comparable form Elaphe obsoleta or unidentified comparable form
  • native to the Ryukyus are Achalinus werneri, Achalinus formosanus, Elaphe carinata Elaphe taeniura, Cyclophiops semicarinatus, Cyclophiops herminae, Dinodon
  • or unidentified comparable form Ectopistes Ectopistes migratorius Elaphe Elaphe vulpina Electra Electra monostachys Elphidium Elphidium discoidale