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Asian Vine Snake

Updated on August 13, 2011
The Asian Vine Snake Is A Beautiful Snake But It Is Hard To Care For Especially For Someone New To Keeping Snakes
The Asian Vine Snake Is A Beautiful Snake But It Is Hard To Care For Especially For Someone New To Keeping Snakes | Source
Check Out The Beautiful Head Of The Asian Vine Snake
Check Out The Beautiful Head Of The Asian Vine Snake | Source

Asian Vine Snake Care Sheet

The Asian Vine Snake is also known as the Asian Whip Snake. They are a very beautiful snake that spends almost their entire life's up in the tree tops. They are a rear fanged snake and they are mildly venomous and their venom can cause swelling, nausea and headaches. They could be fatal if you were allergic to their venom. I keep them and I feel they are for the more advanced snake keeper. The effects of a bite from one should go away in a day or two but I strongly suggest you never handle them with bare hands. Instead use a snake hook or gloves.

Your Asian Vine Snake really needs a tall type cage with lots of tree branches and several hides. You could keep this snake in a large aquarium but I suggest a nice large enclosure. You could keep a male and a female in a large tall snake enclosure and they would be happy as long as you provide them with a tall enclosure with plenty of tree branches and several hides. Your Asian Vine Snake will need places in its enclosure from 80 degrees up to 90 degrees and it will need a humidity of 80 - 95 percent. The best way to achieve this is by using a pump and hoses to create a high falling waterfall to put a lot of moisture in the air.

Your Asian Vine Snake will need UV lights in its cage and I suggest having all your lighting on a timer that turns all lights on for 12 hours and off for 12 hours. I suggest using a good commercial grade substrate but it will need to be changed often to avoid mold from growing in the high humidity enclosure.

Asian Vine Snakes can live for 10 - 12 years in captivity. Use care with this snake because if it gets loose in your house or building it will be hard to catch and you can easily damage this snake when you are trying to catch it. So be sure you know where your Asian Vine Snake is when you open its cage or enclosure.

You will need a ready supply of lizards for this snake as that is their favorite food in captivity. Offer one house gecko or one small anole to your Asian Vine Snake at a time. Its okay to leave the lizard in the cage or enclosure. If your Asian Vine Snake is hungry they will usually grab the lizard quickly.

Asian Vine Snake Eating A Lizard.
Asian Vine Snake Eating A Lizard. | Source

Keep in mind that this is not a snake for a beginner. This snake is mildly venomous and you should keep that in mind. It most likely would not kill you but it could make you very sick. The same precautions used for other venomous species of snakes should be used for Asian Vine Snakes.

Asian Vine Snakes eat lizards in captivity and the two best lizards to feed your snake are house geckos and anoles. The house geckos are the best to feed your Asian Vine Snakes as they don't have much of a bite and are they are less likely to bite and damage your Asian Vine Snake. You can use anoles if you need to. You can try pinky mice but you may never get some Asian Vine Snakes to ever eat mice. Use only pinky mice if your going to try. Never try adult mice as they can easily damage your Asian Vine Snake.

Always have a good veterinarian lined up that knows about snakes and be sure that the veterinarian is willing to work with even a mildly venomous snake like the Asian Vine Snake. I strongly suggest keeping a good journal about your snake as far as its daily habits, what you feed it, when it defecates, and other notes and observations you want to write down about your Asian Vine Snake.

Here I always like to tell people that they should do plenty of research before they try to keep any snake or exotic pet but especially snakes like the mildly venomous Asian Vine Snake. Be sure you learn everything you can about Asian Vine Snakes. And feel free to post your questions and comments about Asian Vine Snakes below. And thanks for reading my hub page on Asian Vine Snakes.

Please post your comments or questions about the Asian Vine Snake now. And thanks for reading.

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      ferdz daen 

      7 years ago

      i feel great reading the info about vine snake. I keep one yellow vine snake, i want to know if shedding or molting of vine snake is same with burmese phyton? in burmese phyton you can see the molted scale or shedding as a whole, is it the same in vine snake?

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      7 years ago

      where do they live

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      Thomas Byers 

      7 years ago from East Coast , United States

      I think he is probably shedding and you're just going to have to allow him the time to do it. Do his eyes look milky or are they clear. I have 7 of these snakes and 5 of them have shed their old skins in the last three weeks. At his point don't try to help him shed but do see if you can find a local veterinarian willing to take a look at him. If you can't find a local vet email me through the site here and I will send you my phone number.

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      7 years ago

      Thanks for the information - it is right on track with my experience of him so far. When I first brought him home, I created a tall "terrarium" environment as suggested, with all the acceptable plants. The humidity and heat are constant, as well, I have a water feature pumping water at a slow cycle constantly. He ate - a small anole - within the first few days of getting him settled into his new environment, which I took to be a good sign he was comfortable and happy in the habitat. He has since eaten twice more, and defecated 4 times. Initially, he was, as I had learned before getting him - a very active - very fast - snake. He would be aggressive when I opened his tank, but would mellow to allow me to hold him. About 7 days ago he appeared to be in the beginning stages of molting. However, he is now "checkered" nearly all the time, whether I try to get him out - or - he's just resting in his tank. Just now as I went to check him, he was completely lethargic. He is having trouble holding his head/neck up - and when I placed him back in his hide, he just hung down into the pond in his tank. What the heck might be going on? I'm really freaked! Any words of wisdom or suggestions? Thank you for any help you can offer.


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      7 years ago

      I have a pair of asian vines. They are awesome snakes. And this is a good care sheet on them.

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      8 years ago from Upstate New York

      What an interesting-looking snake--it's almost as if its skin is braided. Thanks for this hub and the pic.

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      Thomas Byers 

      8 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Great comments and I agree 100 percent. People should do lots of research about any snake or any animal for that matter before they think about keeping one as a pet. Research is very important.

      The Asian Vine Snake is a wonderful snake but it is mildly venomous and should be kept only by experienced snake keepers.

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      8 years ago from America

      Beautiful snake but I would never want one. Good hub

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      8 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Good article. And you are right that it is truly a beautiful snake. Also you offer good advice about learning about them before you decide to take one as a pet. I, for one, never believed that these awesome animals should ever be kept in captivity. But, then i don't think any living creature should be kept in captivity unless it is something you can interact with, like a cat, dog, or pig.

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      M Saini 

      8 years ago from jalandhar

      oooopsssssssssss !!!!!!


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