Are you looking forward to bringing home your first pet reptile?
Something hardy and easy to care for would be the best option. The carpet python could be one such reptile that is generally healthy and easy to get along with.
By the sight of it, many assume that all carpet pythons are wild and aggressive.
The truth, however, is that these are creatures that can be tamed and taught to be calm around you. Of course, when you bring one home as a little baby, it might fight you, but as it grows, it can be more docile and easier to handle!
- Scientific name – Morelia spilota
- Habitat – Northern Solomon Islands, Indonesia, Bismarck Archipelago, Australia
- Lifespan – 15 to 20 years (or longer in the natural habitat)
Be warned that your carpet python comes with a temper. Make sure that you provide it the right living conditions and proper nutrition to keep it happy. The first few days might be the significant hurdles to cross.
Once you have earned its trust, and once it starts growing, it becomes calmer, and you would then find handling it to be easier.
- These are medium-sized snakes that can grow up to 13ft in length with the hatchlings themselves measuring at least a foot long.
- The name comes from the markings on their body which can remind you of exotic carpet designs
- This non-venomous snake is one of the most common types of pythons in Australia
- Semi-arboreal nature of these snakes makes it easy to create a healthy living condition while raising it as a pet.
- The female carpet snakes are visibly larger and also heavier than the males
- The first-ever discovery of this snake was made way back in 1804, and slowly the snake grew to gain the reputation for being a popular pet among the exotic pet enthusiasts
Given that these are semi-arboreal snakes, it is good to give some climbing arrangements in the tank setup for the snake. If you plan to set up the cage for the long term, it would be good to get a cage large enough to hold the adult. A cage that is somewhere around 4ft x 2ft x 2ft can be an excellent tank to begin with. Go for a taller tank if you have the vertical space for it.
Your snake will thank you for this, if not immediately, at least in the future! If you would like to create a setup that maintains humidity well, wooden vivarium would also work. Make sure that you understand the length of the snake and create a tank that is high enough for an adult to climb.
This would keep your carpet python happy and relaxed when you try and handle it. Rocks to logs and artificial plants, the options are plenty when it comes to mimicking the natural habitat inside the tank. For increased absorbency in the substrate, you can choose aspen or even coco fiber.
Besides the size, make sure that your carpet python cage also has a cool zone where the temperature is maintained in the range 22 to 26 degrees without the temperatures falling below 21degrees.
There should also be a basking spot with a temperature range of 30 to 34 degrees. Adding a UV light setup would be optional as these snakes do not get too much sunlight in their natural habitat. Humidity is one thing that matters the most. Besides maintaining a humid ambiance in the cage, keep it clean to have a healthy and happy snake.
From tiny marsupials to birds and other mammals feeding your pet carpet python would be easy. Frozen rats thawed before feeding can be the simplest and the healthiest options to feed. Some owners might also spoil their snakes with mice, hatchlings to be particular.
The problem would be that carpet pythons love them, and you might end up creating a fussy eater demanding only for mice in the future. Unless you have an endless supply of young mice, please think twice before giving them regularly. You can also try and make your carpet python’s diet diverse and exciting for its taste buds by feeding quail or even chicks.
Fill a large trough with clean tap water and leave it in the tank for easy access at all times.
Now that you know how to care for and what to feed your carpet python, it would also be useful to know about a few symptoms to watch out for. Though these are generally hardy, there are some health conditions that you can diagnose early and therefore address the situation early as well.
If you find your snake shedding too much, then it could be an indication of insufficient humidity in the tank. From adding water in a large dish to creating arrangements that help elevate the trapped moisture levels, there are plenty of ways to tackle this issue. However, remember that an unhealthy increase in the humidity level can also lead to respiratory troubles in the snake.
If you find your carpet python sink its body in the water dish too often check for mites. These are problems that can be quickly resolved. However, when mites affect the python, it can cause a lot of skin irritation to tackle, which the snake tries to submerge the portion that hurts beneath the water.
In general, you can easily get used to understanding your snake’s health from its behavior as well as appetite. As long as you give your snake the ideal living conditions and it is preferred temperature and humidity, it would stay happily in your house for 20 years or more.
Do not be discouraged with the nippy temperament of the young ones. It is just a defense mechanism that the little snakes take to protect themselves. When they grow up, they might devour their food and show an instant response when you are about to feed it. They are not aggressive, though, and they slowly get accustomed to being handled by humans. So, are you ready to bring home your carpet python?