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Taiwan Beauty Snake

We currently have one male Taiwan beauty snake on display at Edinburgh Zoo

Location in the Zoo

He can be found in the tank about the red river hog enclosure near the Mansion House.

In the Wild

The Taiwan beauty snake (Elaphe taeniura friesei) is a semi-arboreal snake that is found in Taiwan. They are one of several subspecies of beauty rat snakes. Their average length is about 5–7 feet (1.5–2.1 m).

They are mainly yellowish-brown to olive in colour with the tops of the head and neck one singular colour. They have two round black spots all the way down their back. From each eye there is a dark stripe, which goes back to the corners of their mouth. 

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Not Endangered NE
Data Deficient DD
Least Concern LC
Near Threatened NT
Vulnerable VU
Endangered EN
Critically Endangered CR
Extinct in the wild EW
Extinct EX

Data Deficient

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Data Deficient


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