Acquired: Worked with pet (didn’t own)
Cumbria, United Kingdom
Posted Jul 02, 2014
These gentle giants are a fascinating species but I really just stress that these snakes are not for beginners. They are expensive to care for a need huge amounts of space. These guys can reach up to 26 feet in length, so as you can imagine it's difficult to provide a suitable habitat for them.
An ideal habitat for this snake would be to convert an entire room in to a vivarium, with heat lights and an adequate basking area. Most reptiles like somewhere to hide, but due to their gargantuan size it can be difficult to provide a suitable hide for these guys. I find that a good hide can be as simple as a clean wheelie bin tipped on to its side.
Such a huge creature has an equally huge appetite and these pythons can eat chickens and pigs, which can be very pricey.
The only real need to consider with this species is size, their habitat is similar to the common snake set up, except everything needs to be super-sized. Once your snake reaches over seven foot it is highly recommended that you handle it with assistance from someone else. When snakes move their muscles constrict, so they can end up giving you an accidental squeeze. However, this species is very docile and will not normally attack in aggression.
Although an maxing snake, you should not even consider this species unless you know what you are doing.