Species group: Boas, Anacondas and Pythons
Other common names: Amethystine Python; Amethyst Python; Southern Scrub Python
Scientific name: Morelia amethistina
The Scrub Python is native to Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Australia. It prefers warm and humid habitats with good water sources, and is found in reainforests, bushland and suburban neighborhoods. As captive-bred Scrub Pythons become available, their popularity is increasing.
Appearance / health:
The Scrub Python can reach lengths as great as 8.5 meters (28 ft), but are more commonly 3-5 meters (10-16 ft). Scrub pythons are large slender snakes with big heads that are distinctly wider than the neck. Morelia amethistina is distinguished by the iridescent upper surface of the body which is usually grey to green or brown with dark markings. They may be patterned with dorsal crossbars and blotches and lateral stripes on the neck, although some individuals are patternless. The belly is pale grey to greenish-grey.
Scrub Pythons require high humidity. A suitable habitat temperature would be 82-90°F (28-32°C) during the day, and 72-75°F (22-24°C) at night.
In the wild, Scrub Pythons feed on small mammals and birds. In captivity, they can can be fed mice and rats.
A Giant with Long Teeth and a Bad Temper
Pound for pound, the wild caught scrub pythons I’ve worked with at the Bronx Zoo were stronger than most of the thousands of snakes I’ve handled…and more aggressive! Measuring 12-16+ feet in length, and armed with excellent vision, sensitive heat-sensors, and the python world’s longest teeth, they are a force to be reckoned with. While scrub pythons have a dedicated following, they are not for the average collection. Those under my care did well only in huge, quiet exhibits where they could remain high above ground. Their strike range is incredibly long, and most remain high strung and impossible to approach. Dedicated keepers report better results with captive born animals, but their success is still limited. Given the difficulties in housing them, and the inherent dangers involved in their care (at zoos we require 2 persons to be on hand when individuals of over 10 feet in length are being fed or handled), scrub pythons are best enjoyed in zoos..
From findiviglio Jan 21 2016 8:41PM
BoBo, the Scrub Python
When we had BoBo, things were.. less then nominal. This pet is aggressive unless trained from infancy. ( Something we didn't get the chance of doing. ) Thusly, we had to be very careful about feeding him.. If they are not trained to know when to approach, you may get some bites from your friend! As for caging, we had to get a big box as to maintain the one snake. We supplied it with branches and twigs, and had to make hiding holes for him. Should you get two males, make sure to feed them separately, as they are very greedy. Maintaining the snake was a hard task for us, as we couldn't afford the water, heat and humidity for him. Sadly, BoBo had to move out afterwards..
From Zanewastaken Jan 17 2015 8:44PM