Vietnamese blue beauty, Orthriophis taeniurus callicyanous

Origin: Vietnam

Size: 6-8+ feet

Lifespan: 10+ years

Basking Temperature: 82-83 degrees. 10-12 hours per day preferable with cooler temp at night.

Cool End Temperature: 76-79 degrees

Humidity: 70-80%

Substrate: Cypress, coco chip, or coco husk.

Baby enclosure size: 30″ x 12″ x 12″

Adult enclosure size: 4’ x 3’ x 2’

Difficulty: Intermediate

Vietnamese blue beauties are large, slender, active colubrids. With their unusual blue color and build, they are impressive display animals. With regular handling, they can be quite docile, but unsocialized individuals will typically be highly defensive, and present with a powerful and iconic striking pose when agitated. Due to their size, activity, and requirement for regular handling, they are an intermediate species.

This guide is a brief overview of basic care and minimum husbandry requirements and is not intended as a comprehensive guide to care. Our best advice:

Read, read, read! Studying about your new pet is the key to a long and happy life for them, and years of enjoyment for you.


Enclosures must be long enough for the snake to stretch out fully and exercise. Blue beauties should be given vines and foliage to climb. Upgrade your snake’s enclosure any time they are no longer able to stretch out. Avoid glass aquariums with screen lids as they do not hold sufficient humidity. Provide multiple hiding places. Blue beauties can be kept in bioactive enclosures.


Coco chip, coco husk, and cypress make excellent and great looking substrates for blue beauties’ enclosures and help retain humidity.


A basking spot can be provided at one end of the enclosure regulated to 82-83 degrees. Ceramic heat emitters or panels are preferable. When using heat emitters, a guard must be present and secure to avoid burns. Use a thermostat to regulate the temperature with the probe secured directly in the basing spot. Do not guess! Do not use only a thermometer. Overheating can be quickly fatal for your new pet. Basking spot may be cycled for day-night, with a constant ambient temp of 76-79 degree recommended. Blue beauties are shade dwelling animals that do not like direct sunlight.


Humidity should be maintained at 70-80%. Place a good quality hygrostat in your snake’s enclosure to monitor humidity. Using the correct substrate and misting occasionally is usually sufficient to maintain appropriate levels, but a fogger may be used if you wish.


Provide your snake with a non-porous water bowl and change it frequently. Snakes frequently defecate in their water bowl, so frequent disinfection is essential. We recommend F10 Veterinary Disinfectant or original (yellow) Listerine diluted to 10% with water.


Blue beauties require regular handling from the time they are young to develop into docile, well-socialized adults. Keep two hands on the snake at all times as they are extremely agile and can get away quickly. Use a firm but comfortable grip. Young snakes that are being socialized may bite. The best reaction is no reaction. With time and gentle handling, defensive strikes will become less and less frequent. Children should always be supervised when handling snakes. Do not handle them while they are in shed or right after meals.


Allow your new snake at least a week to adjust to its new habitat before feeding. Mortal Coil Serpentry supports feeding frozen feeders. Your new pet is already feeding on frozen thawed. Live feeding is not recommended. Warm frozen prey to a natural body temperature (~90 degrees). Do not feed your snake from your fingers. Present prey with tongs, holding it by the base of the tail, and wiggle gently in front of the snake. Do not handle for at least 24 hours after feeding.

Hatchlings to 2 years:

1 rodent the approximate girth of the snake once per week. Mice and African Soft Furs are superior to rats of equivalent size for nutritional value.

2+ years:

1 rodent the approximate girth of the snake once every 1-2 weeks. If the snake is refusing meals ~50% of the time, adjust the feeding schedule accordingly.

The correct body shape for a blue beauty is tall and slender. A round blue beauty is obese.