King ratsnake

King ratsnake

Nathracha rĂ­-fhrancacha

The king ratsnake from Asia is usually found in open forests and fields. It feeds on rodents, birds, eggs and other snakes. It is also known as the ‘stinking goddess’ as it gives off a dreadful odour when threatened. Despite this smelly habit, it is a popular pet. Wild populations are threatened by collection for the pet trade and for use in traditional medicine.

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