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, "Lisa" <lisa_lawless2004@...>
> Hi all. My name is Lisa. I live in Victoria.
> I am considering a snake as a pet.
> What species is best for a beginner?
> What size tank do they need?
> And do i need a licence?
Hi this is Deben from Sydney I am an experienced herpetologist and
1. It would be best for you to purchase one of the smaller pythons
which are easy to care for. Australia has many different species.
Some of these include:
Genus: Antaresia (Australian
Children's & Anthill pythons)
A small genus from Australia, where they inhabit termite mounds.
These species are included in the genus Liasis in some systems of
classification. Small to medium-sized pythons which are brown in
colour with some irregular dark mottling or blotches. Nocturnal
species which feed on small mammals, frogs and lizards. Oviparous,
with up to fifteen eggs per clutch in A. maculosa.
A. childreni (Children's python) N Australia
A. maculosa (Spotted python) N Australia
A. perthensis (Western children's python) W Australia
A. stimsony (Large-blotched python) W Australia
Genus: Liasis (Australasian
Olive & Water pythons)
This genus is found throughout Australia and the Lesser Sunda
Islands, including New Guinea, in a variety of habitats. Some systems
of classification place L. albertisii in the genus Leiopython and L.
papuanus in Apodora. Medium-sized to very large species, all have
vertically elliptical pupils and heat sensitive pits which are found
in the labial scales. Colours and patterns differ greatly from
species to species. The Olive python L. olivaceus is an olive brown
colour with yellow underparts, while L. albertisii is darker with
iridescent scales and white on the lower jaw. They feed on birds,
small mammals and reptiles. Oviparous, with up to twenty two eggs per
L. fuscus (Brown water python) N, W Australia
L. olivaceus olivaceus (Olive python)
L. olivaceus barroni (Olive python) W Australia
Genus: Morelia (Australasian
Carpet, Jungle carpet & Diamond
Consists of pythons found throughout Australia and Indonesia, in a
wide variety of habitats. Some regard the Centralian carpet python,
M. bredli, as a subspecies of M. spilota. Medium-sized to very large
snakes, the largest being the Amethystine python, M. amethistina.
Most have a series of dark symmetrical rosettes, except for the
Oenpelli python which is an olive to cream colour and Boelen's
python is dark with some irregular white markings. All species have
vertically elliptical pupils and heat sensitive pits in the labial
and rostral scales. They feed on birds, mammals and reptiles.
Oviparous, forty seven eggs per clutch.
M. spilota spilota (Diamond python) W New Guinea, E Australia
M. spilota imbricata (Carpet python)
M. spilota variagata (Carpet python)
M. spilota mcdowelli (Coastal carpet python)
M. spilota cheynei (Jungle carpet python)
M. viridis (Green tree python) Misool, Salawati,
Do some more research on what snake you would like to own and what is
practicle for you to keep. If you live in a house no problem.
Apartment-you may have to get consent to keep the animal.
2. Tank size will have to change through the life of the snake. It is
best to purchase a hatchling as long as it has fed at least once.
Make sure of this. A plastic tererium of Width40cm x Depth25cm x
High30cm is adequate for a young snake, it will have to be changed
after a six to eight month period when the snake has grown from 20cm
up to 70cm. Do not get a big tank and put a small snake in it. The
reptile will feel insecure in this huge wide open space. A smaller
tank is always better.
3. Yes you will need a license from Parks & Wild life. First find a
reputable breeder, what stock he has and when he or she will be able
provide said animal. The new season is soon to start so there will be
young snakes a plenty. Ask for their breeder license number, full
name and if they are a company. Go to Parks and wild life and aquire
the permit. Then go back to the breeder with the paperwork and
purchase the animal. Remember to find a reputable breeder.......
If you have any futher questions on caring for your pet please feel
free to contact me. If you want to invesigate my references check out
my blog at theherpetologist.blogspot.com
Good luck and enjoy.