Species group: Boas, Anacondas and Pythons
Other common names: Northern White-Lipped Python; D’albertis Python
Scientific name: Liasis albertisii
The White Lipped Python is native to New Guinea, where it is found in rain forests, woodland clearings and swamps. Two geographical or color races are known for common usage and pet trade: the "northern" or "golden" race which occurs north of the central dividing mountain range; and the The "southern" or "black" race which is found in the south of the mountain range.
Appearance / health:
The White Lipped Python's snout is triangular and the head is distinct from the neck. The dorsum of the head is shiny black, the upper and lower labial scales are white with black markings on the anterior edge of the scales. Body color is brownish-violet fading to yellowish ventrally.
Behavior / temperament:
The White Lipped Python is known to be very fast and alert. They make a hissing sound when startled.
Caging temperature should be around 30-34° C at day time and about 20-22° C at night. Humidity levels should be kept around 70-85% constantly.
These pythons also regurgitate fur balls, also known as "Casting." This behavior is rarely seen, but 2–3 days after feeding the results are seen. When it is witnessed owners of White lipped pythons often think their snake is regurgitating its food.
Oviparous, with females laying about a dozen eggs. The eggs stick together in a compact pile and the females coils around them. The hatchlings emerge after about two months of incubation and are about 38 cm (15 inches) in length.
social snake, experienced adult keepers, truly beautiful creature, visual appearence, beautiful challenge
complex humidityshading, beginner
white ventral scales, yellow scales
A beautiful challenge
I have an adult male white lipped python but have been unable to find a mate for him. It's a shame this stunning species is so hard to get hold of in the UK.
I love the way that the sunlight makes the scales shine with iridescence, and also the stark contrast between the deep brown and yellow scales on top, and the pearly white ventral scales. I don't know exactly what it is about the look of this snake but I've always just found it extremely striking and attractive.
Personality wise my male is a bit of a grump. He's unpredictable and I need to be careful when getting him out of his cage, especially if he is hungry - I use a snake hook to avoid any misunderstandings. He will tolerate being handled, but doesn't seem to enjoy it - so I keep it to a minimum. He's often to be found basking under his light, and will drape himself over branches like a tree boa - although he's a little bit fat for that now.
He has specialist humidity needs which can be quite hard to obtain in a captive environment, so is definitely not for the first time keeper. I have an automatic misting system spraying his tank up to 5 times per day, and I adjust it based on the ambient humidity (it is quite humid in Wales, I imagine in a dryer natural climate this will be even more of a struggle).
A great display snake, with very unusual looks, that is a little bit more of a challenge than your average snake. Recommended for experienced reptile keepers... if you can find one!.
From Athravan Jun 15 2015 7:25AM