Spotted Python Caresheet

 

Background Information
Spotted Pythons are a medium sized species reaching 3 – 4 feet in length, this Australian species is found at coastal areas of Queensland and northern new South Wales. Tanned brown bodied with dark brown saddles, getting its name from having a jaggered spotted apperance. Their jungle styled colouration lets them blend in well to their shrubland enviroment, spending a fair amount of time near caves hunting bats which is this snakes favorite prey. Although spotted pythons are the biggest in their family, for pythons they are much slender bodied, not having the huge bulkness common to other species of python .

Level of Experience

Beginner

Habitat

Forest woodland, Shrubland areas, Rocky outcrops

Life Span

15 - 25 years

Active Time of Day

Nocturnal

Natural Prey

Rodents, bats

Terrestrial / Semi Arboreal / Arboreal / Aquatic / Fossorial

Semi Arboreal

Reproduction

Mate: Winter
Lay: Spring

Clutch Size

6 - 18

Breeding Weights / Length / Age

Males: 150g+ / 2ft / 2 years of age
Females: 300g+ / 2ft / 2 years of age

Brumation Time

2 months

Brumation Temperature

15 – 18 ‘C

Incubation Time

45 - 55 days

Incubation Temperature

31 – 32 ’C

 


Captive Requirements and Welfare
Spotted pythons are a semi arboreal species, their habitat needs height as well as floor space. The anatersia family is a small family only consisting of 4 species, all being well tempered and are the ideal starter python, especially if an owner is not wanting a python that grows large. Compared to other pyton species, spotted pythons don't need a particularly huge enclosure. Some individuals can be a bit snappy when young but with regular handling they tame down quickly to become quite placid and inquistive snakes.

Vivarium size

30x30x30cm for hatchling
3ft x 1.5ft x 2ft for adult

Daytime Temperature (cool – warm)

26 – 32 ‘C

Night-time Temperature

20 – 24 ‘C

Heating / Lighting Equipment (on timer)

Spot bulb during day, heat mat at night

Lighting - T8 2% Natural sun Arcadia UV tube

Substrate

Most Natural: Repti bark, LR desert bedding
Alternatives: Aspen

Hides

2 at minimum: one on each side a 3rd moss hide during shedding would be beneficial

Decor

Branches and fake plants allow the opportunity to climb and aids in shedding

Water

Fresh water topped up when needed clean out water bowl every few days to prevent slime build up

Food (Feeding)

Pinkies for hatchlings then increase the size as they grow. Always take the snake out and feed in a separate box to prevent substrate being eaten.

Cleaning

Spot pick weekly, full clean monthly