Latin name: Antaresia maculosa
This individual is a baby female who hatched on 5/18/21. She's about 12" in length and eating live pink mice every 5 days.
Spotted Pythons are native to Northern Australia and Southern New Guinea. They inhabit a variety of habitat types making them hardy and easy to care for. They are one of the world's smallest pythons, typically growing no longer than 4.5' and staying relatively light-bodied. While in the wild, they will often catch and consume small bats, they thrive on a diet of mice and small rats when in human care.
Quick care stats:
Temperatures: 90 degrees Fahrenheit in the basking area, 75-80 degrees Fahrenheit on the cool end.
Humidity: Wide range 30%-70%
Tank size: 10-15 gallons for babies/juveniles, 40 gallons for adults.
Tank type: Standard rectangle-allow for good floor space but some climbing structures as well. Make sure it has a secure sliding door/doors. Sit-atop screen lids for glass tanks are not recommended for these guys.
Lighting: Both a heat pad and a dimmable heat lamp are recommended for snakes living in glass tanks. Dimmable heat bulb only for a wood or melamine tank. Thermostats are also helpful. Full spectrum UVB lighting is not required for this species but is highly recommended for all reptiles for overall welfare.
Substrate and furniture: Soil or bark substrate 2"deep or deeper. Provide lots of hiding places and some low climbing areas. Provide a water dish that is large enough for the snake to curl up into for soaking
Handling: Spotted pythons can be handled a few times per week with handling sessions being not much longer than 30-45 minutes. They can act defensive at first, especially as babies but consistent handling will help them become more comfortable with human interaction and they will tame down. When not to handle: After the snake has eaten, give them 2-3 days to digest their food before handling them again. When you first bring the snake home or move it to a new enclosure, wait at least 3 days before handling it to give it a chance to settle in to the new environment.
Feeding frequency: every 4-5 days for babies, 1x per week for juveniles and adults. Prey item should be as wide as the widest part of the snake's body.