Elaphe carinata is a large snake with total length up to 240 cm (94 in). The other common names "stink snake" or "stinking goddess" refer to this species' highly developed post-anal glands which, when the snake is picked up, are frequently emptied, with a very strong, bad odour.
Elaphe carinata is an active, predatory snake that eats everything from beetles to birds to snakes, with particular preference for the latter.
The common name of "King ratsnake" refers to its habit of eating other snakes, including venomous species such as the Chinese cobra and the sharp-nosed viper. It suffocates its prey by constriction, similar to the hunting technique of boas and pythons. It also preys on rodents and other small animals.
Distribution: China, North Vietnam, Taiwan, Japan (Ryukyu Islands).
- Hans Breuer & William Christopher Murphy (2009-2010). "Elaphe carinata". Snakes of Taiwan. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
- Elaphe carinata at the Reptarium.cz Reptile Database. Accessed 15 October 2012.
- Zhou, Z.; Jiang, Z. (2004). "International trade status and crisis for snake species in China". Conservation Biology 18 (5): 1386–1394. doi:10.1111/j.1523-1739.2004.00251.x.
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