perfect python, great size, beautifully natured animal
These little guys are a sub-species of the children's python. We have 2 at the moment and we've had another one in years past.
Anyone who's read a few of my reviews will know that my daughter has a few pets, and these are also hers. However, where I live we do need a reptile license and that's in my name.
They grow to about 1m, a great size for us.
They're non-venomous, but when they bite you feel it. The most important point is not to react - yes let them bite you. Because they're such a small breed you can pull their teeth out if you pull away (that's what I've been told anyway) and it's a good theory for the kids. I tell my kids that the snake will only strike if you miss-handle them and if they do you should remain calm and still.
They don't bark or beg like the dogs or the cat, and in winter you could almost forget they're there.
We feed our's frozen pinky mice using a long pair of tweezers. We've even been able to give over the phone directions to have a friend feed them whilst we were away - so I'd say even a complete beginner can feed these little guys.
Do bust out the hand sanitizer after handling, even after handling the shedded skins, because salmonella can live on them. Aside from that cleaning the enclosure is something even the kids can do and most pet shops stock everything you need.
These guys are nocturnal so if you want some activity pop their enclosure in a room where everyone hangs out at night - ours is in the lounge room. Once you turn their heat light off, and the space cools down, they'll begin to explore their home..
From CasWebb Feb 13 2015 2:29AM