Posted May 27, 2014
He feeds on thawed mice. Monty is easy to handle, but maintenance is work. Temperatures, lighting, humidity, drinking and soaking water, and food. Monty will soak in his drinking water, so it has to be changed daily, which is a good time to wipe the tank glass clean and remove any waste. Pythons will also eliminate in their soak water and in that event it's time to change the water and get a few more mice from the freezer.
With Monty's environment under control, he doesn't need a baby sitter or a walk. I mention his requirements for anyone considering a snake like this for a pet. It's a responsibility and requires a bit of knowledge and routine. If having a Python hanging out in the "cave" and slithering over you is what you want, you'll not be dissapointed. Monty likes to climb and a future tree will look nice with him in it. There are good reasons to not feed live prey, but it's certainly been done often enough and seeing a constrictor take a live catch the natural way is worthwhile. I consider it a fact of life and to see a mouse that knows he's doomed is special. Incidentally, in the wild, a python would rather have a bird or frog.