Species: (Python curtis)
Origin: This animal originates from Peninsular Western Malaysia and many of the islans of Malacca.
Size And Longevity:
This animal is a beautiful snake and has proved to be fairly easy
to keep, these animals are ambush hunters and like to lay and wait for their prey,
they are have beautiful color and patterns, these animals are thick and stubby with short tails,
and are of a beautiful color of beige, with beautiful blotches or patterns of greyish-brown
with a brick or blood red color pattern, these animals are a very
fascinating snake, and in the wild they can reach an average
size of 8 to 10 feet, but in captivity 5 to 8 feet is more common and these animals
are constrictors and they grab their prey and wrap around it, if you are looking for
a great looking python for display this python could be for you,
and the fact that they are babies means you have a great chance to tame them which
makes them a great choice, the only big problem with wild caught pythons is that
they have tropical ticks and internal parasites that may stop them from eating
but here at Reptile City all wild caught Pythons are checked and treated for both and
then they are placed in an area until they begin eating well "before" they are
sold, so your' pet will do well after receiving it, these animals don't need lots of room
and seem to enjoy eating in cool mornings, evenings, and at night.
Habitat And Caging Requirements:
This species is usually quiet easy to keep but they do require
a fair amount of space to keep and seem to do well at a temperature
of around 80 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit, 1 baby animal can
be kept in a 10 to 20 gallon tank or vivarium type of setup or 1 adult
can be kept in a 40 to 60 gallon setup.
You can decorate the tank with wood, live or plastic plant's, aspen substrate
and rock's, this species seems to do best in a tropical like aquarium
or vivarium type setup with a basking area and some moss, and give them
a hiding place, and a water dish to drink from and add humidity, and
keep the water clean by changing it every other day, also keep a water
spray bottle handy to mist down the setup once or twice every day and this
will also help with your' pet's shedding, they also enjoy a basking area,
you also need a UV light to set up a basking area for your' animal and
place in some limbs for it to hang from.
Temperature And Lighting Requirements:
You want to use low wattage bulbs' for best results' to avoid
over heating of your' pet as over heating could cause your' pet
to dehydrate, these animals' seem to fair well at temperatures
of (80 to 85 degrees F.), you also need a UV light set up for a
basking area so the animal can move to and from heat as needed,
you can also place a small heat pad at one end of the setup.
Feeding And Nutrition:
For feeding your' pet, they like to feed at night' and small ones will feed
on baby mice but as they grow they will begin to take larger mice, they
seem to do well if fed once every 4 to 7 days as babies but will eat less
often more like every 12 to 13 days after they grow to adults.
Handling And Care:
"Alright for the care and handling of your pet", I know these guys' are so
cute that your' going too want too handle them all the time right?, but when you first get
them it is a good idea put them in their new home and mostly enjoy watching them
get use to their new home and feed them well for at least a couple of day's which
is really a good idea for any new pet that you get of any kind and then gradually
start too handle them from time to time, this is called acclimating your' animal
which cut's down stress which in turn make's you have a happier healthier pet,
these animals are babies so they should become pretty docile if handled properly.
Written By: Howard Stinson