Russian Ratsnake


Russian Ratsnake
Manchurian Black Water Snake
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Colubridae
Subfamily: Colubrinae
Genus: Elaphe
Species: E. schrenckii
Binomial name
Elaphe schrenckii
(Strauch, 1873)

The Manchurian Black Water Snake, Amur rat snake, Korean rat snake, Russian rat snake, or Siberian rat snake (Elaphe schrenckii) exists in two varieties, black and yellow. It is found in Korea and adjacent portions of China and Russia. It is the largest indigenous snake on the Korean Peninsula and is typically 140-180 cm long.

Elaphe schrenckii is a kind of rat snake, feeding primarily on small mammals. It is often found in stone fences and is killed for pharmaceutical use. It is officially a protected species in Russia and South Korea.

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