Python reticulatus or often called python reticulate snakes, habitat in tropical rainforests in various countries such as Southeast Asia, Philippines and Indonesia. The python reticulate snakeshave the widest spread of all Python species. This type of snake is very popular by snake lovers either experience or beginners. The reasons for choosing this type of snake include: the color is exotic, looks fierce, easy maintenance, relatively benign, and have a longer life power than other types of snakes.
Status in the wild The spread is very wide but the amount is reduced, because of exploitation to get the skin and flesh. In 2002 this snake skin exports amounted to 437,500 This evil reality shows it is legally easier to move the dead snakes than the living ones.
• There are several things to consider before maintaining this python snake
1. Difficulty Level
Proficient - previous owners should have experience with larger snakes and can adjust or be familiar ("comfortable") with care and handling. Not suitable as a snake for beginners. python reticulate snakesusually adjusts to the treatment of their owners. When maintained by owners who already understand they will behave well and big and tame pythons.
A little extra from some references, python reticulate snakes wild catches are usually although already tame, sometimes become fierce and attack because of keget, or sometimes for no apparent reason.
2.The level of aggressiveness
The degree of aggresiveness of snakes is very important to note. Should choose a snake that is benign but still has a wild instinct. Wild instinct here is needed by snakes to catch its prey because we will certainly provide live foods such as white mice. It's useless to keep a snake but can not prey on its prey alive. This level of aggressiveness is directly related to the snake's appetite.
3. Eye and mouth conditions
The condition of healthy eyes look clear and bright without any fluid drops coming out of the eye. The condition of a healthy mouth is not found injuries such as canker sores on his gums, and normal gums are pink.
4. Skin and body condition
A healthy snake has a flexible skin, flexible skin indicating good skin consistency (turgor) with full body muscle. The skin is clean and shiny can also be used as a healthy measure of the snake. Unhealthy snake skin tends to dry, folded skin, peeling scales, and the presence of bumps under the skin. Parasitic examination of snake skin also needs to be done, usually the parasite is found on the sidelines of the scales.
5. Choice of sex (sexing)
Snake sexing can be done in 3 ways, namely visual, poping, and probing. Visual sexing is done by looking at the size of the tail. Male snakes have a relatively longer tail with a large tail base. While the female has a relatively short tail with a thinner tail base. Male snakes have a more slender body compared with females and male snakes seem more aggressive than female snakes.
Cages can be simple or complicated depending on the ability to keep it. Remember that the more stuff you put in the cage, the more stuff you have to clean. There are so many choices for the selection of cages for the little python reticulate snakes, such as plastic boxes where clothes, melamine shelves, and plastic reptile enclosures are widely sold in the market. The glass aquarium is adequate for smaller animals. Keep in mind that the enclosure can sometimes make it difficult to adjust the humidity level.
7. Bottom base
Just a few bases that work well. Newspapers are the cheapest and easiest to clean: remove old ones and replace them with new ones. Cypress mulch is great for controlling moisture, but keep in mind that too high humidity can harm your health, as well as if it is too low in humidity. Never use a base containing Cedar because it is lethal for reptiles.
8. Temperature and Heating
Provide your pythons with sunspots of 88-92 F (31-33 C) and a cage temperature of 78-80 F (25.5-26.6 C) (this temperature should not fall to lower than 75 oF-24 C). It's important to know the temperature in the cage, and do not guess. The good thing is to use a digital thermometer outside / inside. Place the thermometer inside the enclosure, and the other end is outside the enclosure. So you can know the temperature outside and inside at the same time.
There are several ways to warm the cage: heating pads from under the cage, ceramic heaters, "sunbathing" lamps (lights placed in a side corner for sunbathing, both for daylight and night lights). When using a bulb or ceramic must pay attention to the humidity in the cage, especially when using the cage with the top cover, because the heater or cage with the top lid both make the moisture disappear very quickly. Use thermostats, rheostats, and or timers to control the heat source. Do not use heater stones on snakes because they are too small for the surface and can cause serious burns.
Providing a suitable moisture for python reticulate snakes is very important to ensure a healthy environment and help when the skin change process, but as previously said, too high humidity can be the same problem as if too little. To create a humidity level of 50% - 60%, we have several options.
No light intake is required in this type, but if used it should be 12/12 cycle, meaning 12 hours of flame and 12 hours dead. If persistent, can cause stress on the snake, let alone this type including nocturnal (active at night).
Always replace the water with clean water for your python reticulate snakes, as they tend to drink very much. The size of drinking water is up to you. When large enough to soak, then sooner or later the snake will look happy to soak from time to time. Make sure the drink is not too deep for small animals. Many snakes will throw their garbage in drinking water, so be prepared to clean it up, destroy it and replace water whenever it is needed. Often we need to provide a spare drinking place, so there is a replacement drink when the other is cleaned.
Feed your snake with a rodent whose size is adjusted to snakes every week. When the size reaches 3 feet (± 1 m) python reticulate snakes large enough to eat white mice (rats) newly weaned. After a length of 4 feet (± 1.3 m) the snake is able to consume adult rats (mice). Do not raise the snake at least 1 day after eating, because it can cause snakes vomiting. A little extra from the translation, whatever snake food we provide, it's good to feed snakes with animals that have been turned off first to avoid "accidents" where snake food can hurt our snakes. After death we just wiggle it in front of our snake's face. With snake notes we are not picky food.
Most python reticulate snakes have a strong feeding response or bait response and are generally easily replaced by frozen / liquid animals or animals that have been turned off. Never leave a live rodent unattended with a snake. Feed at least 1 time every 10 days, especially on young python reticulate snakes. This is useful for controlling the growth of snakes, remember foods that rarely make your snakes hungry and make it "restless" foraging, so the response to eating more powerful when interacting with the person holding it. Conversely feeding too often about 1-2 times a week triggers rapid growth, so it should be wise to think about how many snakes we expect at any given time.
Most python reticulate snakes is a snake type that is very important to build a habit of eating to be safe when held, where this snake is a very powerful pembelit and must be considered and calculated when being hungry. Never hold another animal and hold a snake; You can think of snakes as food. When the snake reaches the size of 6 feet (2 m) it is wise to feed the snake by putting the dead animal into its cage and letting the snake find it by itself, as this will help the search for a soft meal.
The more snakes grow, the longer we also have to feed the bigger, too, like big rabbits and more. We need to find and find a place to buy food for our snake first, because it is very useful in keeping the Interest, related to the budget and schedule of breast feeding our snakes. Contact the other snake keeper or a member of the reptile lovers association where you are located to help pinpoint the right place. Consuming large peppers is not always cheap and these costs should be considered before choosing to maintain this breed.