Species group: Boas, Anacondas and Pythons
Scientific name: Morelia spilota spilota
Diamond Pythons are native to Australia and are found in rain and temperate forests and grasslands in eastern New South Wales and the extreme east of Victoria.
Appearance / health:
Diamond Python coloring is highly variable, ranging from olive to black with white or cream and gold markings. The patterning may be roughly diamond shaped or have intricate markings made up of light and dark bands on a background of gray or a version of brown. Diamonds are medium-sized carpet python. The underside is pale in color. The subspecies is between 2–3 meters, sometimes reaching a length of 4 meters.
Diamond Pythons are active snakes and do well in large cages, such as 6 - 8 feet long x 2 feet high x 2 feet long.
Diamond Pythons are a temperate climate species and require cooler temperatures than most pythons.
Diamond Pythons do well on a diet of rats, after initially receiving young (pink) mice. Diamond Pythons are prone to obesity if overfed.
Diamond Pythons are oviparous snakes, the eggs are incubated and defended by the female coiling around them. The python will not leave to eat during this time, and will 'shiver' or lift the eggs to regulate their temperature. Maternal care does not continue once the young have emerged. Juveniles resemble other Morelia spilota, but differentiate in their appearance as they mature.
exciting new addition, distinctive diamond pattern, tree dweller
large enclosure, snake live prey, large water tank, truly high maintenance
Australia, pet trade, snakes large branches
Inka - The Diamond In The Tree
Inka was my second snake purchase and an exciting new addition to my home. My first snake (a Black Headed Python) was docile, a ground dweller and easy to care for). For my next snake, I wanted something a bit different, but still relatively easy to care form which is why I chose a diamond python.
The good - Diamond Pythons are known for their distinctive diamond pattern, and Inka is no exception, with a striking pattern covering her dark scales. She is also extremely active, spending the majority of the time climbing up and down the branches that make up her enclosure. This makes her an entertaining snake to watch, as well as easy to engage with (she responds easily to movement outside the tank).
The bad - being a tree dweller, Inka really needs quite a large, vertical tank, to stimulate the tree environment she would inhabit in the wild. This takes up more space and will generally make the initial set up costs more expensive. Being a tree dweller, she is also somewhat averse to being removed from her tank. Due to her size and strength, if she does need to be removed from her tank, it is definitely a 2 person job!
In summary - I love Diamond Pythons and think they're an excellent snake to keep as a pet, especially for someone who has some experience caring for reptiles, but doesn't feel ready to tackle the truly high maintenance species. They are entertaining, generally happy to be handled and fairly simple to feed, but they do require a high tank so that they can actively climb..
From wilkinsonbec Nov 7 2014 5:32PM