OK, I've heard that they're "vietnamese blue beauty snakes" rather than a subspecies of "taiwanese beauty snakes", and I've read that they should be classified as a rat snake and I've EVEN read that blue beauty snakes don't have a specific subspecies classification yet.
So does that make a Vietnamese blue beauty snake Elaphe taeniura, and that's as good as I'm going to get?? This is unfortunately as much help as I've found online:
http://www.herper.com/snakearticles/beauty.html
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Well, according to my data base, this is your answer - Elaphe taeniura vaillanti. Maybe Patrick can help even more.
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OK, I've heard that they're "vietnamese blue beauty snakes" rather than a subspecies of "taiwanese beauty snakes", and I've read ... unfortunately as much help as I've found online: http://www.herper.com/snakearticles/beauty.html magically invoking Kurt or Patrick or some other lurking genius fr0glet

I just bought a Taiwan Beauty Snake last week! It's six months old female and has got just about the prettiest face I have seen on a snake!

The latin name for the true Taiwan Beauty Snake is Elaphe taeniura friesi (also seen as friesei). The Elaphe taeniura vaillanti actually comes from North Vietnam and South China. There are quite a few sub-species that have been listed for the Beauty snake, depending on the region...Malaysia, Taiwan, China, Borneo, Sumatra and Japan. It's a very broken up range, and they do have some differences in their appearance and breeding requirements, though for the most part their care is the same.
I love my new snake. I started borrowing the parents of the baby that I now have for educational classes. While they are active snakes, they are very docile and tolerant. The female is 8 feet 3 inches, the male is 7 feet 6 inches. It is good to have a snake of such impressive length, but light enough for the kids to handle. And though they are quick, they will move and move and move, and then all of a sudden stop and stay still for quite awhile. Almost as though they decide, "Alright, I'm tired now".
OK, I've heard that they're "vietnamese blue beauty snakes" rather than a subspecies of "taiwanese beauty snakes", and I've read ... unfortunately as much help as I've found online: http://www.herper.com/snakearticles/beauty.html magically invoking Kurt or Patrick or some other lurking genius fr0glet

Hmm, when I check my DB sources I get this info.
Currently these are the listed sub species of Elaphe taeniura.

Elaphe taeniura grabowskyi Indonesian Beauty Snake Elaphe taeniura friesei Taiwanese Beauty snake
Elaphe taeniura mocquardi Vietnamise Beauty snake Elaphe taeniura ridleyi Cave Ratsnake
Elaphe taeniura schmackeri Ryukyu Island Beauty snake Elaphe taeniura taeniura Chinese Beauty Snake
Elaphe taeniura yunnanensis Yunnan Beauty Snake
Note: The subspecies previously known as Elaphe taeniura vaillanti (Mocquard, 1905) is renamed Elaphe taeniura mocquardi (Schulz, 1996).

Apparently you can interchenge Beauty with Ratsnake or striped ratsnake as you wish when giving these common name.
As far as what you are wnating, I would agree with Kurt. You are looking for Elaphe taeniura vaillanti or Elaphe taeniura mocquardi, depending on what naming convention you wish to follow.

Next Note: Zhao & Adler (1993) did not recognize the subspecies Elaphe taeniura friesei and Elaphe taeniura vaillanti, but considered them to be synonyms of Elaphe taeniura taeniura.
Final Note: Habitat range of Elaphe taeniura mocquardi: People's Republic of China (including Hainan); Vietnam.
I imagine the "Blue" portion is a phase name, rather than part of a standing common name.
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I just bought a Taiwan Beauty Snake last week! It's six months old female and has got just about the prettiest face I have seen on a snake!

Do you have some pics ?
Anna
I just bought a Taiwan Beauty Snake last week! It's ... about the prettiest face I have seen on a snake!

Do you have some pics ? Anna

Not yet, one day I will get my digital camera working again.