CARING FOR YOUR CHILDREN'S PYTHON

The average length of an adult childrens’python is 3 feet (90cm) and the will live up to twenty years if cared for properly

 


Enclosures

Due to their compact size and docile nature, children’s pythons do not require large enclosures. A single adult python may be housed comfortably in a 2ft enclosure, but a larger cage is recommended to make room for climbing and moving in general. Make sure the snake has room to stretch out within the enclosure. Sedentary snakes, especially those that do not take large enough food items, may be prone to bowel impactions and cloacae infections. This doesn’t mean the snake should be moving constantly. This means that the enclosure should be large enough not to impede the movement of the snake. A secure latching or locking cage lid is necessary.

 

Substrate

Reptile bark , chipsi , newspaper, aspen bedding and cage carpet are all suitable. Keep the substrate dry and bacteria free

if your snake has trouble shedding an extended soak in a warm bath in a reptile tub can be provided as long as the water remains warm for a few hours at a time 

 

Cage furniture

Always provide a hiding space large enough for the snake to fit completely under. They use this space for hiding from stressful surroundings and also as a retreat from heat lamps. A water bowl large enough for the entire snake to fit into is also necessary not only as a drinking water source but also to aid shedding and increase humidity. These snakes can climb well and adding a couple of climbing branches to any enclosure is a good idea.

 

Lighting & heating

Heat lamps can be sat on top of the lid (as long as the lid is heat resistant, metal frames are best)the wattage will depend on area cage size and time of year .ALWAYS USE YOUR THERMOMETERS TO REGULARLY CHECK TEMPERATURES. It is not necessary to use a broad-spectrum bulb, but they can be used in place of an incandescent. If necessary at night, a blue or black reptile “night” light can be used to supplement heat. or use a heat mat under the tank (glass tanks only)

 

Temperature

The temperature of the enclosure should be between 28-32 degrees during the day and about 10 degrees less at night. There are a variety of different cage thermometers available, regulating and monitoring the temperature in any enclosure is a good idea. Children’s pythons come from a fairly humid climate and require a high humidity to shed properly. Ideally living out of air conditioning is recommended for long term health for your snake. Obviously minimise heat during summer . No heat during the hottest part of the year unless air conditioning is used

 

Feeding

Due to their size, children’s pythons take fairly small food items. They tend to grow in length faster than they grow in girth, so it can be hard to determine when and what to feed. A good rule of thumb is offering no food item that is larger than the largest part of the snake. Items that are too long will cause the snake to regurgitate the food. Hatchlings or juveniles under one foot in length may be fed pink mice (pinkies) or fuzzy mice (young mice whose eyes are not yet open) on a one per week schedule. Adult pythons from 2-3 feet can be fed small to medium sized rats. They may take 2-3 at a time and should feed once every 10-14 days. Do not promote live feeding since many captive snakes do not correlate live animals with food and may kill the mouse but not know to eat it. Others may not kill the prey at all and not eat. In the worst cases, the mouse will bite and start to eat the snake causing severe infection, which can result in death. All adult snakes should be allowed to hibernate during winter so even though a warm spot should be offered to keep illness like respiratory disease at bay ,no food should be given in the coolest part of the year . Heat mats with a hide usually do the trick for this, allowing the temps to drop normally but still providing your pet with a warm, draft free area to hide in .

 

Pythons’ Set Up

  • Suitable Terrarium (min 2ft)
  • Substrate
  • Water bowl (large enough for snake to submerge its entire body)
  • heating( basking globe, red or purple bulb only)
  • heat mat
  • thermometer
  • feeding tongs
  • Cage furniture (branches, leafy things to hide in, hide box)

Optional

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Water conditioner
  • Cage cleaner
  • Worm rid
  • Skin shed formula

Food

  • Thawed frozen mice/small rats
  • Freshly killed mice/small rats
  • Chicks/Quails

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