Have you felt the need to assert yourself in front of likeminded herpertoculturists?
Maybe you want to impress this idea upon them that you have finally arrived! We think so too.
With a snake as big and mighty as the Burmese Python, you can indeed take pride in having arrived and how!
Why do snake keepers love to keep and show off their Burmese python collection?
The snakes may look gargantuan in size, but they are docile in reality; a snake keeper’s dreams come true.
They are also undemanding in terms of care and maintenance and will often do without too much doting and pampering. Happy go lucky is what they are!
And finally, they are the most suitable for the large snakes.
There is a tribe of Burmese Python keepers who are absolutely fond of their collection, and it will not come as a wonder to you that these snakes are so popular that they have a fan following that runs in millions of people!
How do you gauge if you are ready for a Burmese Python?
Here are the three most important parameters for you to know if you are eligible for keeping or breeding them:
- Do you have an adequate place to house them?
- Do you have the resources to procure proper supplies?
- Will, you be able to care for their health and wellness?
If your answer to even one of the above questions turns out to be negative, we strongly suggest that you do not venture out for this one.
Availability of the Burmese Python
Burmese Pythons come in all kinds of shades and patterns. They are easiest to morph. However, the classic shade and pattern is the most popular one. You can source the snake from online breeders or registered reptile stores, or you could try at trade and pet expos and trade fairs where the most exotic of the reptiles are displayed and kept for sale.
Burmese Python’s Size
These snakes grow to impressive sizes. The average python in this subspecies grows to about 12 feet in length, although there are unverified reports of keepers claiming that there are snakes as long as 20 feet! 20 feet!! Incredible if true!!!
The growth surges in the Burmese Python is said to be rapid in the first few years after which it stagnates. The world’s most massive Burmese python weighed a whopping 250 pounds! Phew!!
Here is how you must house a Burmese python
This may sound tricky, but it’s really quite simple. The cage for these snakes should be big enough to allow it free movement and small enough to maintain an optimum temperature range and humidity levels. It is a land snake, and therefore there is no need to give it an excellent climbing allowance. The cage should, therefore, be more wide than tall.
A baby Burmese python will need a minimum of 10 gallon capacity of a reptile terrarium. An adult Burmese python will need at least a 4 feet by 8 feet. If you have any confusion about the area, the best approach is to measure the approximate area that the snake will occupy in a flattened coil and then multiply such are by six to determine the ideal cage diameters.
Consider the addition of a door that can be opened quickly and secured tightly so that the snake does not disappear at the first given opportunity. A glass door for viewing can help greatly.
Ventilation is a must folk
Vents should be created on the sides of the cage instead of on the roof of the cage. This is because the heat and then humidity escapes quicker through the roof than from the sides. Side vents are suitable for a reasonable amount of ventilation.
Cage materials can be anything from wood to ABS plastic to glass. A lot of keepers will tell you that ABS plastic is their choice of material for cages for these massive snakes.
Why because plastic cages are smooth and non-porous, it is easy to clean it, mainly because there are no problematic spots to reach, it is easy to sterilize with reptile safe cleaning products, lightweight and can come equipped with strong and tempered glass for viewing.
What is the best kind of substrate for their cages?
When we are talking of substrates for large snakes, we must bear the following points in mind
- It should be absorbent especially because snakes can be very messy
- The substrate should be sterile
- It should be inexpensive
- Readily available
Newspapers cut the mark so well that we cannot think anything other than that can tick all the boxes for us. Shaven and shredded wood can be the second-best alternative.
Burmese Python Diet
The food habits of the Burmese python are effortless. As a young hatchling, it feeds only when it is hungry. The first few feeds it can manage to eat mice. The animal has smell instincts, and therefore there are two critical things
One, the food should smell like a prey
Two, it should be warmer than its surroundings.
It prefers to hunt and eat warm-blooded animals in the wild. With time, it will start feeding on rat, rabbit, and chicken.
Access to water is absolutely essential
There should be sufficient water to drink and submerge itself in it. Water must be cleaned and refilled on a daily basis.
The cage must be clearly divided into a cold and warm area. The warm area can either feature a light bulb or heating strips or a heater per se. The snake has developed instincts and will choose its side of the enclosure based on its requirements.
Handling the Burmese Python
Burmese pythons are docile in captivity. However, their sheer size can be intimidating to an entry-level caretaker. It is a good idea to handle it with care and try and reinforce a regimen for food and for other things. They are disciplined, and they will learn very quickly.
One cage can house only one snake and do not multitask by feeding more than one snake at one time and in one cage. You can land yourself in a soup! Quite literally!!