How much is a green tree python


Green Tree Python Prices: How Much Do They Cost?

| Rudy Miller

The green tree python (Morelia viridis) is a popular display snake. If you are hoping to own one, you may be wondering:

How much does a green tree python cost?

On average, a green tree python will cost between $500 and $750 for a baby snake. A yearling that is beginning to change color will be $800 and up. Adults can go for over $900 once their color is known.

For a complete guide to enclosure setup, feeding, daily care and breeding,
check out my Green Tree Python Care Sheet.

The Importance of Captive Bred

The first thing to know about this species is commonly poached or traded illegally. This seriously threatens the wild population and results in many deaths. Snakes that have been taken illegally are smuggled in.

This process is very dangerous to the snake and leaves it sick and stressed. The animals that survive this stressful journey are typically sick and traumatized.

Even if they arrive uninjured with few parasites, many snakes will never tame down. Wild caught green tree pythons also frequently die even with the best care. 

Many animals that have been smuggled in will be sold as farm-born. While there are genuine farms in Indonesia, it can be difficult to ensure your snake came from one of these places. Many of the less-reputable farms will pay people to catch snakes. These animals are then kept for enough time that they can legally be called a captive or farmed green tree python.

The only reputable source for farmed snakes in the United States is from a company called Bushmaster. Every other green tree python has a high chance of coming from an unethical source. Some animals may be claimed as captive-born as well. For this species, you need to find animals that were bred and born in captivity in your country.

If you are looking into a breeder, ask to see the parents of your snakes and for the hatch date. Look for a breeder that can show you the adults and ideally documented the whole process.

If they can’t provide parent pictures or a hatch date, it is best to look elsewhere. It can be tempting to skip this since you can find cheap snakes, but these animals were likely smuggled in. The extra money makes sure you have a healthy and happy snake that will thrive in captivity. 

Notes on Pricing

At the time of writing, captive bred and born animals are pretty expensive. This is even more true of animals born in the United States. This is because of scarcity and that these animals are much better pets than an imported snake. G

reen tree pythons that have been bred for certain traits like high black, high yellow, or high blue are much more expensive. Part of this is due to few breeders, and partly because of age.

Green tree pythons take at least a year to show their adult colors.this means that the breeder has to take care of the snake until then. Most common captive snakes can be sold within a few months or whenever they start eating reliably. This can be as little as a month for some species.

Since most snakes on the market are a year old, the prices are higher. Most snakes under this age are a gamble since you have no idea what they may look like as an adult. Many of these younger snakes are also imports, so do your research.

Lines and Morphs

There are a number of lines of green tree python that come from different parts of their range. The Biak line is typically green or yellow. These snakes are typically more aggressive. Other lines are named for where the animal was caught or where the parents are from.

You will see many lines that come in a number of colors. These are typically referred to as designer snakes. Some have been selected to stay yellow as adults or have much more blue.

These high blue snakes can be over $750 at the lowest. Subadults that are changing colors can be over $1500. Rare morphs like calicos will typically be over $2500 when they are available.

Animals that show more black like high blacks can be easily over $4000 depending on how much black the animal shows. 

Generally speaking, you should expect to pay quite a bit for these snakes. The captive-bred market is still getting established, so many animals with desirable genetics are going for high prices.

Snakes that retain the juvenile yellow coloring are called high yellow.2 years old high yellow gtp

These animals are rarely found for under $1000 since it takes at least a year to be sure they will keep their color. You may also see red babies.

Only a few locations have red as a juvenile color. This means that snakes with this color tend to go for higher prices even if they will not stay that color. Most of these hatchlings will sell for between $1500 and $2500. Many snakes on the market are also of breeding age.

If you want to get into breeding, healthy adults that are sexually mature will typically be over $2000. If the snake is going for less as a fully grown adult, ask plenty of questions. It can mean that the snake has some health issues that may be genetic, like kinking in the spine.

Setup & Feeding costs

When it comes to supplies, there are some costs to get your pet set up. The enclosure itself, perches, and decor will total out to around $500 to start.

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You will want multiple perches that are secured well and ideally can be removed.

You also need heating, lighting, thermometers, and a temperature gun to monitor the humidity and temperature of your pet.

This will be around $100. You will also need things like extra-long feeding tongs, mister, cleaning supplies, and a first-aid kit in case your pet is hurt. This will be around $100, but you should ask your vet what your snake will need.

Recurring costs include food and substrate. Substrate should be something that holds humidity. Paper towels work for quarantining new snakes and are a few dollars a roll.

However, better substrates like coconut will be around $30 for a month or two of substrate minimum. Food will be a bit more. Generally, you will pay between $30-60 for appropriately sized feeders for your pet.

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The package sizes are large so you should be able to feed your snake for at least a few months off the feeders you have. Since adult snakes should be fed larger prey less often for their health, adults will have their food last for much longer.

Veterinary care is another point. An average exotic pet visit is $40-70, but it depends on the practice and what tests your snake may need.

You can opt for pet insurance for your snake and that is around $10 a month to cover regular care. Many plans also cover emergency vet visits but check your policy.

It will be around $800 for all supplies if you have nothing for a snake already in your home.

Conclusion

Green tree pythons are not cheap animals. Most animals under $700 may have been poached from the wild. Be careful and ask plenty of questions if the price seems low.

If you have any questions, please leave them below. If you have a green tree python, how much did you pay for it?

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Green pythons (Morelia viridis)

1. Green pythons in their natural habitat.
Natives of New Guinea.
Green pythons live in New Guinea, on several small islands surrounding it, and on the Cape York Peninsula in Australia. These small, nocturnal tree pythons inhabit several different habitats: low-lying coastal regions overgrown with shrubs, cooler mountainous regions up to 2000m high, and patches of rainforest in between. Green pythons prefer to live on the edge of the forest and may avoid areas in the depths of the forest and treetops. Researchers and hunters of these pythons have reported that they often hunt in thickets of low trees and shrubs and have even been seen crossing roads at night.
Despite their arboreal lifestyle and prehensile grasping tail, green pythons readily choose a secluded hiding place on the ground as a place for daytime rest. Often they return every night to their permanent hunting grounds.
In New Guinea, during most of the year, there is a large amount of precipitation and the climate is warm, except for the highlands. Due to its location near the equator, daylight hours are approximately 12 hours. Keeping green pythons in captivity should simulate these conditions, although excessive humidity in the terrarium and excessive temperatures should still be avoided.
Green pythons are quite small for pythons. On average, an adult male reaches a length of 90-120 cm with a weight of 800-900 grams. Females are usually slightly larger. I have seen specimens of green pythons, over 150 cm long and weighing about 1300 grams.
Green pythons invariably curl up on a branch of suitable size, appearing smaller than their true size when in this position. Because of this, and also because they don't move around during the day, they are not as intimidating to humans as many land snakes are.


This bright yellow male comes from parents from the island of Biak.

Like all pythons, green pythons lay eggs and kill their prey by strangulation. They feed on small mammals, and small green pythons most likely prey on small reptiles and amphibians. Field studies have shown that these snakes prey on birds much less often than is commonly believed. They actively use the heat-sensing receptors located near the lips, so when feeding these snakes in captivity, great care must be taken not to be attracted to the heat radiated by the owner's hand!


This male of the second generation of captive-born chondrules has features typical of the Guinean race. His father is from the first generation of individuals of the Merauke locality.

Currently, taxonomists distinguish only one variety of green pythons, but recognize several geographical races. Research is currently underway to find out if any of them can be identified as subspecies. There are 4 races: the island populations of the Biak and Aru islands, the population of the main part of New Guinea (amateurs divide them, with varying degrees of likelihood, into several localities) and the race that lives on the Cape York Peninsula. Individuals from this last group showed a close genetic relationship with those living in the south of Papua New Guinea. Some hobbyists have begun to recognize the new insular shape known as the "canary".
New Guinea individuals are usually divided into localities based on their appearance. Some of the more commonly used locality names are Sorong, Jayapura, Merauke and Wamena. Perhaps the best use of this division is to identify the traits that hobbyists are trying to achieve in their breeding work. The appearance of green pythons is too diverse to try to determine the real locality of the snake by its appearance.
Breeders use the variety of green python appearances to produce fantastic colors such as blue, intense yellow, spotted, melanistic and pastel colors. A line of albinos is currently being bred.

2. Keeping Green Pythons (Morelia viridis).

Green pythons: care and maintenance in captivity.

Green pythons (Morelia viridis) are an exciting species to keep and breed in captivity. Most of the old cliches that green pythons are extremely difficult to keep have gradually disappeared, replaced by reliable information accumulated by breeders over decades about the conditions of detention and the appearance of a sufficient number of healthy, captive-bred individuals. Now hobbyists all over the world successfully keep chondropitons (from the Latin Chondropython).
Fundamentals of content.
Of course, caring for green pythons has its own nuances, but, nevertheless, it is quite simple and not too complicated. There are two common misconceptions. The first thing is that it is very difficult to provide conditions for these snakes, and the animals themselves are very fragile and sensitive. The second is that the need for special care is exaggerated, and green pythons can be kept in the same conditions as any other snakes. Probably the most common mistake beginners make is choosing the terrarium that is most comfortable (or least costly) for themselves, rather than trying to find one that will create the right environment for these beautiful pythons.
Green pythons need a temperature gradient, moderate humidity and a sense of security. Let's look at these requirements in more detail. In my experience, the best home for a green python is a horizontal waterproof terrarium, not a vertical one. Although we usually see tree snakes kept in tall, vertically oriented cages, most snakes will prefer a sense of security to optimum temperature if they are forced to choose between the two. Green pythons often try to perch on the highest branch in their home, so in a narrow vertical terrarium, the temperature gradient will most often not be claimed by the snake.
The presence of a horizontal temperature gradient allows the snake to choose a comfortable temperature by constantly being on the highest perch. To ensure this important condition, I install a heating panel on one side of the terrarium and use an adjustable thermostat to limit its heat output. This placement of the heater creates an environment in the terrarium where the temperature varies from 25 to 31 degrees Celsius at the height of the perch.
Humidity is also an important factor in keeping green python, but the exact percentage is not critical. Daily spraying from a spray bottle filled with clean drinking water provides sufficient moisture. Experience allows you to balance the required amount of spraying with the ventilation of each terrarium and the atmospheric humidity in the room. Avoid excessive ventilation; drafts can lead to respiratory problems, and if the terrarium dries out too quickly after spraying, it can cause shedding difficulties.
Keep in mind that humidity is the amount of vapor in the air, not the dampness in the terrarium. A wet floor, from which water does not evaporate, does little to dampen the air, and can also lead to the growth of bacteria and mold.


Terrarium equipped with everything necessary for keeping a chondra.

Cozy terrarium.
Green pythons are kept in terrariums 90 to 120 cm long, 60 cm high and 45 to 60 cm deep. A large terrarium height is not needed, and it causes problems, such as insufficient floor heating. Daily spraying is usually a must for keeping a green python, and an unheated floor often remains wet, which contributes to the appearance of mold. The 60 cm tall terrariums allow the heat from the heater to reach the floor, which helps the substrate to evaporate moisture, maintaining moisture. Terrariums less than 90 cm make it difficult to create a proper temperature gradient. Also, too tight terrariums contribute to insufficient snake activity.


Intense Yellow color.

The terrarium should have a glass front wall and solid side and back walls to make the green python feel secure. The transparent walls of glass terrariums should be covered or painted over so that these somewhat nervous snakes do not feel unprotected. The dark color of the inner walls of the terrarium is much preferable to white; it also makes the chondru feel safe. I have seen individuals kept in pure white terrariums that attack in fear when approached, but become almost tame when moved to a dark-walled terrarium.


Wamena locality.

My terrariums are made of MDF with dark green vinyl laminated inside. I prefer sliding glass doors over hinged doors, but both will work just fine.
The terrarium must be equipped with a secure perch, approximately the same diameter as the occupant's body. PVC tubing is inexpensive and easy to buy, but I think natural wood looks much better. I use branches cut from a live maple. Avoid poisonous woods such as walnuts or cherries and wood cuttings from hardware stores, as they become moldy quickly. Secure the branches securely so that they do not move or twist under the weight of the snakes. Place one end of the branch 15-20 cm under the heater panel where the snakes can warm up.
A Spectral Daylight Lamp will show the color of your green pythons perfectly, but keep the light dimmed and avoid powerful lamps that can overheat the terrarium. I use timers to ensure 12 hours of daylight.


"Hormonal" blue female.

Any absorbent media that does not smudge or smudge will work as a substrate. I like cypress mulch; Plain newspapers work just as well, but don't look as attractive. In a cold corner you need to install a water tank. Plants complete the look of the terrarium and help create a hiding place for the snakes. I hang artificial climbing plants at the top of the terrariums and the snakes are happy to hide in the shade of the wide leaves.
This terrarium device is designed for keeping adult green pythons. At the same time, a warm rack with plastic containers is great for raising newborn green pythons and teenagers. The containers should have small plastic perches, a small bowl of water, and newspaper substrate. Young snakes feel great in them and like to be in the safety of a translucent container. Of course, this does not provide the owner with a better view, but experience has shown that the best policy is to provide the snakes with what they need.
Some infants placed in a large terrarium refuse to eat, and feeding newborns can already be quite a challenge. Also, keep in mind that under no circumstances should newborns be picked up and sexed for at least a year. Adult pythons can be held in your arms, if, of course, their temperament allows.


Spotted.

Health problems.
The two most common problems (apart from difficulty molting due to lack of moisture) are respiratory infections and cloacal prolapse.
The causes of respiratory diseases are not always known and some individuals may exhibit symptoms under seemingly ideal conditions. Symptoms include a wheezing wet sound during inhalations, coughing, and a snake's head thrown back. To protect your snake from these problems, avoid inappropriate temperatures, drafts, and stress. For treatment, contact your veterinarian. I have been successfully using Baytril to treat such infections.
Cloacal prolapse is a rather frightening sight, but it usually looks worse than it really is. Most cases are treated in the early stages, so starting the day with your pets is a good idea. Treatment includes moisturizing the fallen tissue to prevent the cloaca from drying out and returning to its place. For this operation, it is best to consult a veterinarian, although I treat my charges myself. Place the recovering snake in a warm, damp, non-roosting container for a few days and refrain from feeding for two weeks. After that, offer very small prey until normal bowel function is restored. The cause of cloacal prolapse can be stress, obesity and lack of muscle tone. Like respiratory diseases, cloacal prolapse can occur under virtually ideal conditions, with no obvious cause...


Black painted.

3. Feeding Green Pythons (Morelia viridis).

Nutrition and food for green pythons.

Food for green pythons.
Green pythons are usually fed once a week with frozen rodents. Newborns are offered one-day-old mice. Adults eat one small rat every 10-12 days. In captivity, the green python is easily overfed, causing the snake to become obese and lethargic. Studies show that in nature, green pythons eat much less frequently. Feeding a python more often is not worth it, despite the fact that many individuals are ready to feed every day, if there is such an opportunity.


Ontogenetically blue male.

Green pythons are very sensitive to heat, I feed my snakes thawed rodents in hot water. I offer rodents straight out of the water, still warm and wet, using long tweezers for young snakes and an even longer surgical clip for adult snakes. If you remove the locking mechanism from the clamp, it is convenient to use it as tweezers.
Feed the green pythons at night, just after turning off the daylight, leave the room dimly lit and be very careful. These benevolent snakes become insatiable predators after sunset and attack any moving warm object. Sexually mature males may go without food for several weeks, or even months, each year. This is normal and is a feature of their behavior.

4. Reproduction of Green Pythons (Morelia viridis).

How to breed green pythons.

[i] Breeding of green pythons.
Stable breeding of green pythons in captivity is quite a challenge. Female green pythons must be at least three and a half years old and weigh at least 900 grams; males sometimes begin to show interest in mating at two and a half to three years. The snakes selected for mating must be healthy, in good physical condition, with normal weight and muscle tone.
A temperature cycle is needed to prepare for the breeding season. Bring the night temperature in the terrariums to about 21 degrees Celsius, gradually lowering it over time. There is no exact value for the duration of the period of temperature decrease before mating; I usually wait at least 2-3 weeks before introducing a male green python to a female.
It is important to keep the normal daytime temperature in the terrariums at 29-30 degrees during the cooling period. I keep the nighttime temperature drop until the female ovulates. Then, I return it to the 24 hour heat. Males may be returned to night heating once they are no longer needed for mating that season. I repeat the cycle for my snakes every year, but its length is not constant. The duration of the cycle depends on the activity of the snakes and successful matings.
Compatible adult green pythons usually mate on the first night, with mating often continuing into much of the morning. Pythons can mate for several days and then rest. I feed the females during the cycle of cooldown and subsequent mating until they stop eating. Males refuse food from the very beginning of the cycle, if not earlier.
Usually, green pythons continue to mate for 4-6 weeks. If everything goes well, the female begins to get fat from developing eggs and the male loses interest in her. At this time, she begins to refuse food. After 4-6 weeks, after refusing to eat, the female ovulates. This can be seen in the 48 hour swelling and restless behavior. About 25 days after ovulation and 14 to 21 days before the start of laying, the female molts.


The author prefers to use a water based incubator. Probes monitor the temperature of the incubator and the surface of the eggs.

The female should be provided with a dry nest box in which to lay her eggs. You can let the female incubate the eggs herself, but most breeders now use artificial incubators. This allows the female to recover much faster after laying. The clutch may consist of 10-30 eggs, but on average, it is 20 pieces. Being in an incubator at a temperature of 30-32 degrees, the eggs hatch in about 50 days.


Newborn chondrules may be yellow or crimson. Mixed clutches are also possible, depending on the infant color of the parents.

Newborn pythons are placed in separate plastic containers and kept well hydrated at all times until the pythons molt, which is usually 10 days after hatching. Babies are quite difficult to feed, you need to tease them by offering them one-day-old mice, often with chicken down for smell. Once they are fattened, they become little gluttons and feed aggressively.


Place newborns in individual containers on a heated rack. It is necessary to moisturize them by spraying daily.

The importance of obtaining a local population of captive-bred chondropitons cannot be overstated. Much of the bad reputation these wonderful pythons have for being nervous and difficult to keep comes from negative experiences with imported specimens that rarely thrive and breed in captivity. Although green pythons are not the easiest snake to keep, they are definitely worth the extra effort. I sincerely wish you success with your kites!

Author: Greg Maxwell (Greg Maxwell)

mysterious species of snakes on earth. These snakes have no subspecies, however, drawing parallels between pythons of different habitats, one can find many differences, both in terms of color, and in terms of size and behavior. At the same time, this species of snakes has been studied rather poorly and in nature they are under protection.

It is worth noting that this animal needs more attention and quality care, it has a peculiar character, and it costs a “big sum”. If you are new to reptile breeding and have decided to purchase this snake, then it is worth getting a green python only if you are sure that you can devote enough time to it.

Green python in the wild

The following photo shows the typical posture in which the green python likes to rest. The snake curls up and hangs on a branch. This should certainly be remembered by those who set out to equip a home serpentarium. It simply needs a similar "couch" for a pet.

These snakes don't just live in trees. At a young age, they spend most of their time on the ground hunting. Some green pythons have chosen even mountainous areas at a level of up to 2 thousand meters.

What it looks like

The attractive bright green color of the python has made it popular all over the world, as many terrariums and zoos want to get such a beautiful emerald pet.

In their natural habitat, snakes are found only in green and its shades, because they live in tropical forests and they need to camouflage themselves in variegated thickets.

However, at birth their color is exclusively yellow or red, and during this period they live outside the rainforest, or rather, on its outskirts, in the diverse foliage on the ground. Then the color gradually transforms, and at the age of 1 year their scales become a rich green or light green color, and they rise into the forest canopy.

A feature of the tree python is its protruding spine, which gives the impression that the snake is emaciated. In fact, this species simply does not differ in large size.

For example, the length of a male is a meter or a little more - 0.9–1.2 m and weighs 800–900 g. Females can be up to one and a half to two meters long and weigh about 1300 g. At birth, babies have a length of about 20 –25 cm.

Today there are many artificially bred hybrids of bright yellow, red, blue and white colors. Molting occurs "stocking".

The green python is not aggressive or poisonous.

Do you know? A pregnant female tree python turns bright blue, and after the birth of offspring, it turns bright green again. By old age, the color of females also gradually becomes blue. Such mysterious color transformations have not been sufficiently studied so far.

Diet

Small rodents, lizards, frogs are the main treats for this snake. It is on them that the green python hunts. The description of the natural diet is also important to remember for those who want to tame this creature. In captivity, the reptile needs the same food that it would receive in the wild.

Like other pythons, the green one catches and kills the victim by strangulation, and then swallows it. Carrion is not interested.

The terrarium also needs a container of water. Thirst for the green python, as well as for the other snake, is fatal.

What it eats

The way of life of the male green python is predominantly nocturnal, while they are practically motionless, they prefer to wait for the prey in a comfortable position. The female and young animals can go hunting during the day.


Provision for tree snakes are:
  • tiny rodents;
  • small birds;
  • small mammals;
  • frogs;
  • lizards;
  • bats.

Before feasting on its prey, the python strangles it with its body and then swallows it. Around his mouth are heat-sensitive receptors, which they actively use during the hunt, which means that when feeding in captivity, you should be especially vigilant and avoid thermal contact with the hand of the breadwinner.
Pythons live 15–20 years.

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Amazing color

Most often found in nature is a bright green color, which determined the name of the species. Some individuals have scales so bright that they seem artificially colored.

But this is not the only color that a green python can be painted. Photos of individuals of different races, as well as interracial hybrids, are simply amazing.

Currently, scientists distinguish 4 races, each of which occupies its range. They are not distinguished into independent subspecies. Many breeders also breed albino pythons, completely devoid of pigment. The black and green python strikes with its beauty. This snake is bred artificially, in nature this color is not found. Such a pet is a rarity.

Classification[ | ]

There are 9 genera with 41 species in the python family:

  • Genus Antaresia - Dwarf Australian pythons Antaresia childreni - Spotted python

    • Python anchietae

    Python bivittatus Python breitensteini Python brongersmai Python curtus Python kyaiktiyo Python molurus Python natalensis Ethiopian regius python python Python sebae - Hieroglyphic python, or rock python † Python europaeus

    Keeping pythons at home: a difficult experience

    In our country, the first wave of popularity came in the 80s of the last century. But the green python did not make a splash. Moreover, he has a reputation for being a whimsical, difficult-to-keep pet.

    But it's not the snake itself, it's the lack of information and little experience. Many snakes died due to improperly organized conditions. Fortunately, today the situation has changed for the better. The green python, which is not so difficult to keep, is popular among snake lovers. But in order not to repeat the mistakes of the pioneers, one should prepare carefully and responsibly for the appearance of such a pet in the house.

    Correct terrarium

    Daylight hours in New Guinea are long - about 12 hours. The daylight hours of a green python living in captivity should last the same amount.

    When choosing a terrarium, be guided not by the one that is more to your liking and affordable, but by the one in which your snake will feel good. Many beginners make the mistake of choosing a vertical home for the green python, which works well with other tree snakes. The composition looks beautiful, but in such conditions it is almost impossible to observe the prescribed temperature gradient.

    The best choice is a spacious horizontal terrarium with branches and driftwood. The green tree python loves to perch and will most likely choose the top or mid-top tier. There the snake will feel safe.

    The owner is recommended to install a vertical heater with a rheostat in the terrarium in order to provide different temperatures in the layers - from 25 to 31 degrees. The snake itself will be able to choose a place in which it will feel good. The optimal dimensions of the terrarium are on average 1.2 x 0.6 x 0.45 m. The front display glass will allow you to admire the handsome man, but it is better to paint the inner walls in dark colors. A light background increases the anxiety of snakes, they can show aggression.

    Spray the snake and the terrarium with a spray bottle daily to maintain the correct humidity level. Remember: humidity and dampness are two different things. Non-drying puddles on the floor are unaesthetic and harmful to the health of the snake. Don't forget absorbent substrate and plants.

    Geographic range [edit]

    M. viridis

    is found in Indonesia (Misool, Salawati, Aru Island, Biak, most of West New Guinea), Papua New Guinea (including nearby islands from sea level to 1800 m above sea level, Normanby Island and D'Entrecaste Island) and Australia (Queensland along the east coast of the Cape York Peninsula). The locality type given is "AROE-Eilanden" (Aru Islands, Indonesia). [2]

    This species is sympatric with M. spilota

    and the two often compete in the same ecological niche.

    Breeding green python

    Breeding this species of snake at home is not only an exciting process and a profitable business, but also a good contribution to nature conservation. Not many green pythons remain in their natural habitat, despite intensive conservation measures.

    The vast majority of snakes that are currently found for sale were born and raised in captivity. Keeping them is much easier than domesticating wild ones. And if you meet the necessary conditions, you can get offspring in the terrarium.

    During the maturation of eggs, the female changes color to a more intense one. The clutch usually contains about 20 eggs, but in rare cases it can be 5 or 30. Some experienced breeders allow the snake to warm the eggs itself, but the effectiveness of this approach is questionable. Better to trust the incubator. The babies will appear in about 45 days, and those who have never seen newborn green pythons will be simply amazed!

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  • Pet menu

    An adult green python is quite voracious. Its diet can be formed from lizards, fodder mice and rats. It is enough for a domestic snake to feed one rodent once every two weeks. Most pythons are ready to feed at least daily, but overeating leads to obesity, loss of cloaca, apathy and even death. In nature, an adult healthy snake of this species eats even less frequently. For the diet of sexually mature green pythons, it is permissible to use frozen animals, which must be thawed before feeding.

    Newborn baby pythons need to be fed. After birth, many of them have problems with appetite. You need to feed the babies with daily mice, one at a time. It is impossible to settle the cubs in a common terrarium; young animals should be raised in separate containers, otherwise the appetite will be upset again.

    As you can see, keeping a green python at home is not such a troublesome business.


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