Nicaraguan Tiger Ratsnake For Sale Pair
Although not usually classified among the “giant serpents”, the Nicaraguan Tiger Ratsnake For Sale is actually one of the longest snakes in the Americas. Adults average 6-7 feet in length, but may reach 10 feet; 14-foot-long individuals have been reported. They vary a good deal in color and pattern, but whether lemon-yellow with indigo-blue blotches or solid black speckled with orange, they are always stunning. t’s difficult for most snake enthusiasts to resist this huge, spectacularly-colored serpent, and the few that appear for sale are always quickly snatched-up (at premium prices!). However, it’s important to understand that Tiger Ratsnakes require more space and upkeep than similarly-sized species…think in terms of an adult Indigo Snake or Cribo. They have fast metabolisms, and their waste products are copious. As mentioned above, Tiger Ratsnakes accept a huge array of prey items. Captives do fine on a straight mouse and rat diet. Unlike some snakes, they tend not to become “fixated” on certain foods, so you can offer variety in the form of chicks, gerbils and other creatures without fear of causing a problem (I had a Green Anaconda that accepted only muskrats, another that “insisted” on wild-caught Norway rats!). Hungry individuals strike wildly, so exercise care at feeding time. Water for drinking and soaking must always be available. Bowls should be filled to a point where they will not overflow when the snake curls up within, as damp conditions will lead to fungal infections of the skin and other health problems. Captive breeding is fairly regular, but it would be great to see more interest in this spectacular snake. Pairs must be monitored carefully, as aggression may occur. However, unlike many similar species, compatible pairs can usually be housed together year-round. A clutches generally contain 8-15 eggs, which may be incubated in moist vermiculite (1:1 ratio of water to substrate by weight) at 80 F for 70-80 days.