Children's Python

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Scientific name: Antaresia childreni

The basics:
Children’s Pythons are indigenous to Australia and occurs in areas from the coast of Western Australia through the Northern Territory and into northwestern Queensland. Their natural habitats include coastal plains, grasslands, dry forests, riverbeds, and rocky areas.

Appearance / health:
One of the smallest pythons in the world and named after the 1842 curator of the British Museum’s zoological collection, John George Children, the Children’s Python averages only a little over two feet in length. They are light brown in color with dark blotches while juvenile. As adults, the blotches fade and the snake becomes somewhat pattern-less and reddish brown in color.

Behavior / temperament:
Children’s Pythons are popular as pets because they are easy to care for and non-aggressive. Under ideal conditions and proper care, they are expected to live for about 30 years.

Children’s Pythons are best kept in medium woodland-stype enclosures (15-20 gallons) with sturdy branches for climbing. The recommended substrate is aspen shavings. A bowl of water should be provided, as well as hiding places or hide boxes. Day temp: 80-90F

The relatively small-sized Children’s Pythons can be kept together in pairs or groups. Fresh water should always be available. The enclosure should be cleaned and disinfected regularly.

Captive bred Children’s Pythons are usually on an exclusively rodent diet. In the wild, they prey on bats, small lizards, frogs, and small mammals.

Children’s Pythons are egg-layers. The female lays 10-15 eggs and incubates them for about 45 days.


great pets, best beginner snake, great temperaments, good eater, constant handling


dimmer light setter, relatively hefty appetite

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Children's Python

From snakeyez82 Mar 30 2009 6:25PM


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