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THAT MAKE NICE PETS.

 

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Here are two large Burmese Pythons, "Thor" and "Socrates."  Here, they are about nine feet long each.

They have wonderful, rich-brown/gold patterns, perfect for camouflage going through asian leaf-strewn, scattered-sunlight forest floors.

Burmese pythons make great pets.  They eat well, are quite friendly, and have beautiful patterns/colors.  However, since they can get quite large and require advanced herpetariums, they're not good pets for beginning herp enthusiasts (as with other large-growing reptiles).

Often, you'll see a beautiful baby Burmese in a pet store that's only a foot and half long.  It doesn't seem very big.  But what you might not realize is that's the length of a baby straight out of its egg!  You take your pet home that fits into a medium-sized, warmed aquarium---only to find within a year or so that it is getting bigger and bigger!  And then, if the owner wants to get rid of it, he or she finds out that no one hardly wants to take a giant snake off of your hands, let alone pay you anything for it!!

So it's best that only those folks get Burmese pythons who don't mind having a giant snake, and who are set up to raise them to be healthy and happy!

 

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Here, you see "Shoobie."  This is an albino Burmese Python.  Albino Burmese pythons are very beautiful.   Schoobie is exactly the same snake as the ones above, except he has white where the normal python has a dark color.  The "shading" colors in the snake's skin then jump out---all the vivid oranges and yellows.  

Albino Burmese's are now quite common in pet stores, and don't cost any more than do regular Burmese's.  They keep their beautiful color from baby on up to a full-grown snake.

Schoobie, here, is around twelve feet long, and quite heavy-bodied.   He weighs around 75 pounds.  He's very tame.

Moving a snake like this can be physically hard!  It's best if you have several people, supporting its body so he doesn't get scared.  I tend to carry them all by myself, though, draping it over my shoulders and arms, and wrapping it around my chest, with his head dangling.  That way his weight is well-centered on me, the snake feels secure, and my legs can carry the major burden.

 

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Here's another python---an Amethystine Python from Australia.  Her name is "Amy." (amethystine is a violet-purple gem-stone, and Amy has a subtle yellow-purple color).

Some Amethystines can be quite grouchy and snappy.  Amy, however, is very sweet and tame.  She's also very shy and has to be enticed to eat her food (unlike the Burmese's that are real gluttons).  She's lean and long (here about seven feet) and likes to climb up in the branches and hang from them.

 

 

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A rare, two-headed snake!!!

No, not really.  This is Captain Nemo and Cleopatra sitting together---two Green Anacondas.

Anacondas seem to come in three different personalities.  Some are very grouchy and irritable.  Some are very shy.  Some are completely unafraid and bold, very friendly.  Captain Nemo (the smaller one) is very shy and spends most of his time hiding in his cave.  Cleopatra is completely brave, and spends most of her time sitting out in the open in her big tub of water.

Anacondas are really fun snakes, but are not for beginning reptile enthusiasts.  With proper care, they can grow to be large, powerful animals.  They are very stubborn, even for snakes.  They want to do what they want to do, when they want to do it.  So the trick to managing them is to get them to think they are doing what they want; such as rather than trying to lift and move one to a different spot, just move its upper neck and head over to the new place.  "Ah!  Look where I am!" the snake thinks.  "I must want to be over here..." so it'll crawl over to the new spot on its own.

Anacondas are the biggest snake in the world.  A few giants have been found in the South-American jungles around 30 feet long!---and weighing two or three hundred pounds.  That's a big snake!  In this picture, Captain Nemo and Cleopatra are only about seven feet long, but are very heavy-bodied and muscular.  They can get such large bodies because they spend a lot of their time with their bulk supported by the swamp water they normally live in.

Also, it's interesting to note their beautiful, dark olive-green with black spot patterns (plus yellow bellies).  Imagine what good camouflage this is out in the swampy, greenish water with its floating lily-pads!  If you were some big rodent coming to get a drink, you never see them there until suddenly you were grabbed and unconscious!

Captain Nemo and Cleopatra eat pre-killed, extra-large, old male breeder rats (purchased from animal supply houses), that have been frozen, thawed, and warmed.  During the feeding part of the year (anacondas take the winter off, like most other snakes), they might eat one large rat every week or so.

 

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Here's a nice shot of the side and bottom of one of Cleopatra's coils.  Notice the wonderful patterns---yellow surrounded by dark black before going on to the deep green.  

The bottom is yellow.  If you were, say, a croc looking up and there's this yellow streak from an anaconda swimming along---what would the blue sky and yellow light look like shining down through the greenish water?  Camouflage top to bottom!

Also notice the nicely-overlapping, water-resistant scales.  Wonderful construction!

 


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