Despite the name, adult red-tailed ratsnakes can have red, orange, or gray tails. Juveniles have black spots that generally fade as they age. Most adults are bright green.
The red-tailed ratsnake has ridges on its ventral scales that help it grip the trunks and branches of the trees, where it spends most of its time.
Red-tailed ratsnakes are carnivorous reptiles, eating birds, frogs, lizards, small mammals, and even their own eggs and nestlings.
Because these snakes breed year-round, females can produce three to four clutches in one year. Similar to most other reptiles, red-tailed ratsnakes lay their eggs and then leave the nest.
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Range: southeast Asia
Habitat: tropical forests and mangroves
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