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How to look after
a python

Learn all about one of our favourite slithery friends!

A LITTLE ABOUT OUR PET PYTHONS

Midas is a beautiful Albino Darwin Carpet Python who calls Kellyville Pets home. Midas lights up Kellyville Pets with his beautiful golden stripes and wins visitors over with his even nicer personality!
You can often find Midas exploring his enclosure, or hanging out with his friend Sunshine. Midas has been here with us at Kellyville Pets since 2021, and we are extremely lucky to have such a beautiful python as a member of the Kellyville Pets family! 

Midas

Albino Darwin Carpet Python

Alice and Angus have lived at Kellyville Pets for many years and have even produced some stunning hatchlings during their time here.

If there is one thing both Alice and Angus love to do, it is sleep! You can often find them curled up together taking a nap under their heat lamp.
Alice and Angus have been here with us at Kellyville Pets since 2014.

Alice and Angus

Bredli Pythons

All native reptiles are protected in NSW and a Reptile Keeper's licence must be obtained from the Office of Environment and Heritage to own one as a pet. You can apply for a licence online through the OEH website or alternatively, our specialist reptile staff would be more than happy to assist you in applying for your licence in-store.

fast facts

about pythons

Lifespan 20+ years
SizeUp to 2.5m long
EnclosureMinimum 90 x 60 x 120cm 
Diet
Mammals and birds

Setting up your Python at home

Housing

For one adult carpet python, an enclosure of at least 90 x 60 x 120cm is recommended, however extra length is also beneficial. Hatchling pythons should be kept in a smaller enclosure for the first 10-12 months of their life. It is important that the enclosure has sufficient ventilation as well as a secure, lockable door.

Inside the tank

The enclosure should be furnished to re-create the animals natural environment including the use of a background, artificial plants and rock ornaments as well as timber branches for climbing and basking. An absorbent substrate is also important such as coco fibre or aspen bedding.

Licensing

All native reptiles are protected in NSW and a Reptile Keeper's licence must be obtained from the Office of Environment and Heritage to own one as a pet. You can apply for a licence online through the OEH website or alternatively, our specialist reptile staff would be more than happy to assist you in applying for your licence in-store.

Care

Carpet Pythons have a very specific set of requirements in regards to general care, however if all of these elements are provided they are relatively low maintenance to keep.
Providing adequate temperature gradients within a python's enclosure is essential for their health and wellbeing. Most carpet pythons require a basking spot maintained between 30-34˚C and a cool end of 22-26˚C during the day. Night time temperatures should not drop below 21˚C. However, specific temperature requirements vary between carpet python subspecies.

Temperatures should be checked daily and must be regulated with the use of a good quality thermostat. Recommended sources of heat include the use of incandescent, halogen or ceramic globes as well as heat mats and heat cords. Being primarily nocturnal species, ultraviolet light (UV) is not as essential to carpet pythons (with the exception of diamond pythons) as it is to other species of reptile. However, Kellyville Pets recommends the use of ultraviolet (UV) lighting with all python species. There are a number of positive benefits to a python's health by providing them with UV lighting. A 5.0 - 7.0 T5 UVB tube is an ideal source of artificial UV light.

Pythons require a 'day and night' cycle with lights running for approximately 10-12 hours each day, set on a timer. Python's also benefit from short periods of access to unfiltered, natural light outdoors. It is important to maintain high standards of cleanliness and hygiene within the python's enclosure. Daily 'spot checks' should be carried out and any faeces, shed skin or uneaten food removed immediately. A full substrate change should be carried out every 2-3 months (depending on what substrate is used) and the enclosure thoroughly cleaned with a reptile-safe disinfectant, such as F10 SC .

food

In the wild, carpet pythons prey upon a variety of different animals including rodents, birds, possums and even bats. They are opportunistic, ambush predators and will eat whenever food is available.

 In captivity, carpet pythons can be fed on a range of different foods depending on their age and size. Readily available python foods at Kellyville Pets include commercially bred frozen mice, rats, quail and rabbits. A juvenile python should be fed an appropriately sized rat or mouse once a week. Adult carpet pythons can be fed a large rat or rabbit every two to three weeks. Food items must be completely thawed and warmed up (place in zip lock bag in hot water) before being offered to the snake. It is recommended to feed captive pythons in a designated 'feeding' tub, separate to their normal enclosure. Live rodents should never be offered to a python as this poses many potential risks to the snake.

It is also good practice to keep a record book of when a python eats, what sized food item it takes as well as when it sheds its skin. Fresh water should also be available to the python at all times and changed regularly.

Health

Common health issues in pythons
Mites: Reptile mites cause significant irritation to pythons. A python may submerge itself in it's water bowl if it is infested with mites.

Dysecdysis (Abnormal Shedding): Low humidity levels can sometimes result in a python having an 'incomplete' shed.

Respiratory Infection: A bacterial or viral infection that may be caused by incorrect temperature, inadequate ventilation or too much humidity. 


Red Flags
Is your Carpet Python showing any of the signs of disease or illness? If yes, please consult your reptile vet.

Loss of appetite
Consistently submerging in water bowl
Wheezing sound when breathing
Fluid or discharge from mouth or nostrils
Diarrhoea

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