Children's Stimson's and Spotted Python

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Quick Facts:

− This group of Pythons are non-venomous snakes which are native to Australia.

− There are four species in this group including the Children's Python, Stimson's Python, Spotted Python and Pygmy Python (remember to check your states laws on keeping protected species).

− They rarely grow over 1m in length and can live for more than 20 years



− Suitable enclosure include ventilated glass or clear plastic fronted wooden or plastic cabinets at least 0.8m long x 0.4m high x 0.5m wide (depending on size of snake). Juveniles can be kept in smaller plastic tubs

− A hide box should be provided as well as branches for climbing and a large, heavy water bowl big enough for the snake to bathe in.

− Floor covering can be simply and hygienically provided by using newspaper sheets. These pythons may like to burrow so recycled cat litter pellets are also suitable.

− Pythons can be housed individually or in pairs, but fighting may occur so feeding them together should be avoided.

− Temperatures should be monitored at both ends of the enclosure using a thermometer, it is best to provide them with a 'cool' end and a 'hot' end. The hot end should be around 32-35C and the cool end around 24-27C (however different species require different temperatures so it is important to do your research). Use a thermostatically controlled ceramic or reflector globe to provide heat, overnight temperatures should not fall below 21C. To prevent this heat mats or red light/ceramic heat lamps may need to be used. Do not use heat rocks as these can cause burns to the Python.

− Correct lighting may stimulate natural foraging and feeding behaviours. Although nocturnal and not dependent on UVB light, Pythons should still have access to natural, unfiltered sunlight. Uvb light can also be provided by artificial UV-lights, most UV-lights designed for reptiles need to be placed at a minimum distance from the reptile and their UVB emission lifespan is usually around 3-6 months so need to be replaced at least every 6 months. Recommended day and night cycles for most Python species is 12hrs of light and 12hrs of dark.



− Cages should be disinfected each week using a bleach and water solution (bleach 1:10 with water) and rinsed well afterwards.

− Pythons are carnivorous and should be fed whole prey such as rodents. It is illegal and inhumane to feed snakes live food so all items MUST be fed dead! Juveniles should be fed around 10% of their bodyweight weekly and adults every 2-3 weeks.

− Occasional supplementation with multivitamins added to the food is a good idea

− Over handling can become stressful though most pythons can become used to being handled, support the whole body of the snake & avoid squeezing them.


Health Notes:

− It is essential that you quarantine any new Python, it is not worth the risk of introducing disease or parasites to your existing Pythons.

− Always have any new Python examined by your vet and continue to have your Pythons vet-checked annually, especially if you intend to breed them. Parasite checks and blood screens can be also be performed. It is also a good idea to regularly weigh your Pythons.

− Pythons can also be microchipped to aid in identification and ownership

− Always wash your hands after handling any reptile and between handling each one.

− Pythons can be transported individually in tied cotton bags, then placed in an insulated container remember to ensure they cannot escape or overheat.


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