Burmese Python

The Burmese python of the is and negatives of health East Asia and Indonesia.  Although many people have started to keep them in the United States as pets.  This breed of snake can easily reached 17 to 18 feet in length and some have weighed up to 200 pounds are more.  It is incredibly possible for this breed of snake to be able to reach 10 feet in length in their first 18 months of life with the largest Burmese python ever recorded being 26 feet.  A Burmese python can live up to 25 years or more in captivity as long as they are properly cared for.  Due to the incredibly large size as well as the longevity of this particular species of snake it is incredibly important that if you’re a beginner to keeping snakes that you avoid getting this type of snake.  Taking care of a snake this large is a very long term commitment and can often be quite expensive.  This species of snake has been known to cause the death of several people due to ignorance and improper handling.  You should never ever handle this snake or any other snake around your neck.

 

Due to be abundant amount of different specimens in captivity there are many different color and pattern variations available of the Burmese python.  The most popular color variations that are commonly found in this species of snake include albino, green, granite and tiger.

 

Habitat

 

A young Burmese python can live for a while in a 20 gallon or larger aquarium until you construct them a larger habitat.  Generally due to the massive size of this species of snake a custom habitat is usually the only option for housing them properly.  A habitat should be large enough for the Burmese python to properly move around and get enough exercise during the day.  It is highly recommended not to use unfinished wood in the habitat as if it is very hard to disinfect.  A daytime temperature in the habitat should be maintained at around 90° F with basking temperature at 93° F the night time temperature in your habitat for your Burmese python should reach no less than 75° F.

 

UV light at this point in time hasn’t been proved there something that is necessary for snakes as you can produce photo period of at least 10 to 12 hours by using and incandescent light bulb.  They are also very useful for creating basking area is.  You can make use of an under the tank heater to raise the ambient temperature if needed.  You should never make use of hot rocks as they can end up burning the skin of your animal.  Many experienced handlers say that you should place your light fixture in wire mesh to keep your snake from accidentally burning itself.

 

It has been shown that indoor/outdoor carpeting can prove to be an excellent substrate as it is super easy to clean and disinfect.  Other substrate such as aspen or linoleum can also be used.  Do not use either as a substrate as it is toxic to this species of snake.  If you’re keeping your Burmese python on which innings it is highly recommended not to feed of not substrate as they can accidentally ingest the shavings which will lead to intestinal blockage.

 

A Burmese python comes from a tropical rainforest environment and needs a certain amount of humidity.  Keeping too much humidity can lead to infections while a low amount of humidity can lead to problems with shedding.  Getting a water container large enough for the snake to soak in and is highly recommended but you may need to remove it during the night to control the humidity levels.  You also need to make sure that you’re providing a hiding area for your snake. As a snake gets larger you often have to become more creative in order to provide a proper hiding area for your snake. Large plastic bins and trash cans can be modified to become excellent hiding boxes.

 

Habitat maintenance

 

Your habitat should be spot cleaned daily.  If you’re using indoor/outdoor carpeting it is highly recommended that you have alternate pieces available to swap with one that has gotten foiled for ease of cleaning.  Using a 5% bleach solution is highly recommended to disinfect the enclosure as needed and be sure to rinse and dry everything thoroughly.  Water in the enclosure should be changed daily and as always make sure that you’re washing your hands both before and after handling your snake a cleaning anything in their cage.

 

The one thing that you really want to remember when you’re cleaning the habitat of your Burmese python is to make sure that you clean water everyday.  Their drinking water has to be clean of any debris or feces but they might decide to throw in there.  This is a mosque and a necessity that has to happen every day otherwise you can risk getting your snake seriously sick of disease.  There are a lot of things that you have to pay close attention to when you’re getting the snake that you want but their water is one of the most important things that you need to make sure is clean and free of chlorine.

 

Diet

 

Small Burmese pythons can eat a small mouse as are very first meal.  As your snake becomes larger bigger prey items should be offered to them.  You should offer things like adult rabbits to your snake.  Younger snakes can be fed 1 to 2 times a week with adults being fed must often in order to prevent them from becoming obese.  It is recommended when you’re feeding them to use prey that has already been killed and frozen.  Making sure that they’re frozen kills all the parasites and will basically eliminates the possibility of injury to the snake by the prey.  While pay is not recommended to get to this type of snake as it may contain parasites or toxins that may cause illness in the snake.

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