|Scientific Name:||Elaphe persica (Werner, 1913)|
|Common Names:||Persian Ratsnake|
|Size:||70 to 90 cm (up to 120 cm)|
|Distribution:||NW Iran near the Caspian Sea, SE tip of Azerbaijan (around Lenkoran)|
Elaphe persica is a small ratsnake that for many years was considered a subspecies of E. longissima. It was granted full species status in 1984, Nilson and Andrew.|
E. persica is found in many habitats including moderately moist forests and forest clearings with little vegetation at higher elevations. They seem to like to rest above ground so provide with a spacious terrarium with some climbing branches.
There are three color phases, a light phase, mostly greyish in color, a melanistic phase, and a reddish phase. Only a few specimens have been recorded with the reddish-brown color, and they seems to be rarer.
A clutch of 4-8 eggs hatch after 45-55 days of incubation. A hibernation period of 2-3 months is recommended. Males seem to grow larger than females.