Species group: Boas, Anacondas and Pythons
Other common names: JCP
Scientific name: Morelia spilota cheynei
Jungle Carpet Pythons are native to Australia and are found in the rainforests of northeastern Queensland, primarily in the high-elevation areas known as Atherton Tablelands.
Appearance / health:
Considered a “medium-sized” Carpet Python, the Jungle Carpet Python average 6 feet in length. The body is slender, the neck is long and the head is wider than the neck. As with other pythons, the Jungle Carpet Python has pits along the lips. The usual body base color is black. Variable markings (blotches, stripes, freckles, bands, etc) are pale yellow to gold. Adult Jungles have more striking coloration patterns of jet black and bright yellow gold. The belly is white. Interbreeding the Jungle Carpet Python with the Coastal Carpet Python morph called the Jaguar Carpet Python has produced what is known in the pet trade as the Jungle Jaguar Carpet Python.
Behavior / temperament:
Jungle Carpet Pythons are among the favorites in the pet trade not only because they are very attractive, but also because they are hardy and easy to care for. They thrive even in captivity, and if handled properly, can be a docile pet. Estimated lifespan is 20-30 years.
Adult Jungle Carpet Pythons are best kept in enclosures of at least 40-gallons in size. Climbing branches for this semi-arboreal species is recommended, as well as hiding boxes and a stable water dish. Cages should be secure because Jungle Carpet Pythons try their best to sneak out. Substrate should be easy to clean like newspaper, aspen shavings, reptile carpet, or orchid bark. Jungle Carpet Pythons prefer moderate humidity, which can be provided by live plants and regular misting. Day temp: 75-85F; night temp: 70-75F; humidity: 60-70%; lighting: 12 hours.
Fresh water should be provided daily. The water dish should be stable and large enough to allow the snake to soak itself, especially during the shedding cycle. Cage should be cleaned and disinfected regularly.
As with other pythons, the Jungle Carpet Python’s main diet is small mammals. Frozen, pre-killed, or live mice, rats, gerbils, and rabbits are accepted, although caution must be taken when feeding live food, which could harm the snake. The size of the prey must be about the same as the body width of the snake, never larger.
Jungle Carpet Pythons are oviparous, laying an average of two dozen eggs per clutch. Mating occurs from February to May, eggs laid after three months, and hatchlings appear in 50-55 days. The female coils around the eggs to incubate them until they hatch.
beautiful snakes, good beginner snake, reasonable price, slender bodied snake, manageable size
temperament, nippyness, reputation, bigger cage, beginners
Grumpy, Grouchy Lovebugs
Beautiful, graceful, loveable grouch! That would be my Nero!
To explain, JCP's are one of the most beautiful snakes I've ever seen. The striking yellow against jet black always hits me as stunning. But, as their reputation has preceeded them, they are very nippy!
Don't get me wrong, many people may disagree and say their JCP is great for handling. That's fine. But from my own personal oppinion, I have yet to be able to pick my wee man up without a pair of thick, leather gloves on my hands. But the good news: He WILL grow out of it....hopefully.
As young juveniles, JCP's are renowned for being quite nervous and snappy towards handlers...but who wouldn't freak if you were half an inch off the ground and a 5'6'' giant made a grab at you?! It makes sense. But with plenty of constant, gentle handling and a tonne of patience, these snakes more often than not, calm down andbecome very docile and happy to be held.
Other than that more obvious reason, the other reason I have said these snakes should be for adults is the size they'll attain. Not terribly big, in fact they've been said to be a GREAT 'medium' snake for those wanting something a little bigger than the corn but not as large as the burmese. But to an 8yr old child who may not have the understanding and patience to handle a snake that will obtain an average of 7-8.5' then there are going to be problems. Then again, so long as parental supervision is given, and the parents are willing to help handle the animal, they may be just as happy as the next herp keeper.
You must also keep in mind the size of vivarium this animal will need when full grown. It's going to be costly!
My advise is, do your research (as with all animals), make sure you have the money, time and space, and a JCP may just be the right snake for you.
Best wishes and good luck with your new pet.
From Drizzit Feb 8 2010 6:07AM
The snake in the photo is Dexter, who is a Jungle (jaguar) carpet python. The species is jungle, but he's also a morph called jaguar, which affects the colours and patterning, although care remains the same.
Dexter is a pretty chill and laid back snake. He's around 6ft in length, and eats a defrosted small rat per week. He's quite food orientated, and I have to be careful to take him out of the tank when he's not hungry. Once out, he's happy to be handled.
He loves to climb and spends most of his time perched in his branches. They need to be pretty thick and strong branches, as carpets are one of the weightier snakes that like to climb, and otherwise you'll end up with everything on the floor and a confused looking snake. He's in a 4ft by 2ft by 4ft enclosure. He also likes to sit in his water bowl, so a big water area is quite important.
Since he likes to climb and explore he's often out in the day, and as snakes go, is quite happy to be out and on display. However, he does have a tendency to go near his light bulb, so it needs to be guarded by a ceramic guard that doesn't get hot - otherwise he'd definitely burn himself.
I love this species, especially the fact that I can almost always see him out in the open in the day, hanging out in his branches and I think they make a great pet if you've got the space for the enclosure..
From Athravan Jun 15 2015 6:57AM
NOT for beginners (unless you like snake bites)
My jungle python was the first python I ever owned. I got him because of his looks, and ignored all of the research I had done saying that they were not a great snake to start out with. I wish I listened. I could hardly handle my python, could barely put my hand into his enclosure without a bite, and eventually lost interest in him due to this. Don't get me wrong, he was a gorgeous snake and might have settled down with enough persistence, but as a first time snake owner it was very disheartening to not be able to handle him. Aside from that, jungle carpet pythons are fairly easy to keep (like most snakes) and he didn't have any issues feeding. Would recommend to people who have been keeping snakes for a while already or who don't mind getting bitten because it WILL happen (unless you get extremely lucky - Jungles are known for their aggression.).
From tarafritz Aug 19 2015 12:03AM