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Welcome to the Dragon Snake Database!

You have now entered the lair of the Dragon Snake, renowned as one of the most fascinating snakes among them all. If you have come to learn more about these legendary creatures, you will find this directory to be your most valued resource. Before you delve into the database, allow me to introduce myself and provide insight into my history working with Xenodermus javanicus, or the Dragon Snake. First and foremost, it is important that the reader understands that I advocate for the animal's best interest above all else. This means that I do not encourage, recommend or otherwise promote any practice that would put the animal at great risk for the sake of human interests. Dragon Snakes have a reputation for failing to thrive in captivity, and as a result of their high mortality rates combined with the increasing demand in the reptile market, their wild populations are dwindling. For this reason, I urge those interested in keeping wild caught X. javanicus to consider the long-term fate of not only the animal they are acquiring, but what they are contributing to the fate of the species as a whole. If you do not sincerely plan to take part in captive breeding efforts, please do not attempt to keep Dragon Snakes as pets. If you do have plans to breed them, be honest with yourself about your qualifications. You should have extensive experience in successfully establishing wild caught imports as well as expanded knowledge and preparation to ensure that your snake has the best chance of survivability that is possible to provide.

If you would like to know more on the specifics on why Dragon Snakes are difficult to keep, I encourage you to view my video on the topic here. I have had my current group of 4.4 (four males, four females) thriving in my care for three years now. Prior to keeping Dragon Snakes, I had gained experience in successfully establishing various other wild caught species, including Sunbeam Snakes (Xenopeltis), Green Ratsnakes (Ptyas nigromarginata), File Snakes (Limaformosa spp.), and many more. I always had interest in Dragon Snakes, but due to their low survival rates in captivity, it took some time for me to become confident in my ability to keep them successfully. Once I had acquired my first pair of Dragon Snakes, I devoted a majority of my time to studying them directly. There was very little information on them available and much of what I learned about the species was from the countless hours I spent sitting on my piano bench simply observing them. As I became more familiar with their behaviors and preferences, I adjusted my husbandry and care practices accordingly. How I keep my Dragon Snakes today is quite different from when I had first kept them three years ago, and I continue to make changes when it is in the best interest of the animal so that they may thrive. I am always searching for ways to improve; and that not only applies to my Dragon Snakes, but to every facet of life. Our knowledge and understanding of the world around us is never as concrete as we often think. After about a year, my initial pair of Dragon Snakes were still thriving under my care and continue to do well today. At this time, I had decided to expand my family of X. javanicus with the intent to attempt to breed them in the future. As with all challenges, my decision to do so came with its grievances; many of the breakthroughs I have documented on Dragon Snakes were the result of very painful mistakes. My success with these animals did not come without trial and tribulation; but no matter what hurdle was thrown my way, my passion and dedication to these snakes triumphed over the setbacks and helped me to persevere. If you are still following along, I thank you for showing great interest in these amazing animals and hope the Dragon Snake Database assists you on your quest for knowledge. Please feel free to contact me here should you have any questions and enjoy the lair of legless legends! Scarlett Nightshade Creatures of Nightshade