Asian Beauty Snake

Taiwan Beauty snake in the reptile house at Wingham Wildlife Park

Asian Beauty Snake Natural History

Size

These snakes generally grows to lengths of between 5ft and 7ft (1.5m to 2m).

Habitat and Distribution

This particular species in native to China where it lives mainly in forests and can often be found in and around rock crevices and caves. It is also attracted to agricultural areas due to the increased number of rodents in these areas.

Age

This snake is known to live an average life of 12 to 15 years.

Diet

This snakes diet consists mainly of rodents but can also fairly regularly include birds.

Groups and Breeding

At 18 months of age these snakes become sexually mature from which time they can lay clutches of 4 to 15 eggs taking up to 65 days to hatch. Females can lay up to 2 clutches of eggs per year.
These snakes are generally solitary animals for the majority of the year.

Threats

This snake has few threats in the wild from predation and from Human contact, although it is caught in small numbers for the pet trade. It does however feature in the diet of some larger monitor lizards.

Interesting facts

In its home range some local farmers encourage these snakes in to agricultural buildings to help with pest control.

The Beauty Snakes During Your Day Out in Kent

At Wingham Wildlife Park we have a trio of Asian beauty snakes which can be found in the reptile house.  This species has bred at our park, and when they do, they lay clutches of fairly large eggs which are carefully removed by our reptile keepers for artificial incubation in one of our reptile incubators.