Category Archives: Species

emperor-snake-851945

Boa imperator

Boas are in the Boiade’s family, witch it’s divided into 10 specific species.

The BCI, boa imperator is the most raised in captivity, from South America mostly. This species is protect by the Washington Convention. The constrictor could do 6fts but the constricor constrictor could do 16fts. He is more agressive than pythons in general, but he is handleable. He needs a lot of food. Bigger, we prefer for him to raise it in terrarium than in racks. Be careful if you take one because his needs in food increases with times, and it could be a problem for you. Like his name saids, this snake is from boides family. Nature and size depends on the locality. A female can be around 1,80 meter to 2,80 meters, and 1,20 to 2,20 meters for males. They can live 25 years, and they are from tropical forest. They can be agressive sometimes.

Legislation:
This species is in annexe 2 CITES, limited to 3 snakes without CDC in France.

Breeding conditions:
A terrarium around 150x60x60 is great for an adult, with an hidden space and a water bowl. They need 32 and 25 degrees in the terrarium. At night, 25 degrees. Hygrometry needs to be around 70%.

Alimentation:
Boas can eat in captivity  mices, rats, rabbits, dead or alive. Give dead animals is better to avoid hurting animals. Young boas can have preys each weeks and progressively to once a month.

Reproduction:
Sexual maturity is around 3 years old, but the size is more important than the age. To stimulate them, a rest time is needed and you have to change variables. Please not spare too soon your snakes because the reproduction can be long. Then you can give little preys. The female eats a little prey or not at all, and she needs heat. Boas are ovovivipare, she gives birth 120 days after the reproduction, around 15 to 50 babies. Then, you need to separate babies then, you give her preys little by little.

snake-1634293

The green python

The green python, green, red or yellow,  is in the Morelia’s family, coming frome Australia mostly. He lives in his branch and needs special cares because he needs light and hydrometry.They are from New Guinea and Australia, in dark forest. They look like emerald boas but this one is forbidden because it is a protected species in French Guyana. He lives in trees and at night, in tropical landscape.

Description:
Adult is often green with blue and white frequently. Young can be yellow, blue, red, orange or violet. Those colors depends on the island and the elevation. He has non venomous hooks to take preys in trees. They can reach 2 meters and live 15 years. Sexual maturity is around 4 years for females and 2 years for males.

Breeding conditions:
He needs 25 degrees for the cold spot and 30, and 22 degrees at night. Hygrometry is around 80%, it is really important for them. He is sensible and stressed and can bite if he is not great in his environment. He eats mices, but a young snake can refuse to eat.

Locality:
ARU: With scales with green on the back. Youngs are yellow with black, some adults can have blue, a short tail, and youngs are hard to feed.
BIAK: They are bigger and agressive, the tail is big and outcross snakes are less agressive. They are green, with yellow scales. Youngs are yellow or red with yellow, and the color change in 4 years.
MERAUKEE: From Papouasie, the have a line in their back with white scales. Altitude is important for this white line saids Kark Switak.
MAINLAND,SORONG,JAYAPURA: they are harder to separate. Sorong has a blue back line with green, the head is little and mouth is little, with black or blue, and they are small. Jayapura has clear blue with green, a yellow blue or green tail.
WAMENA: The have a back line really thin, young are brown or yellow and some have black scales.
KOFIAU: The born yellow but change to green.
AUSSIE GREENS: They look like Meraukee, and young are brown or yellow, but they are really expensive and rare.

image-3390846

The curtus malaisian python

It is the most stocky python, divided in three species, from Thailand and Malaysia, easily recognizable by his weight quite important compared to his size, little, not more than  5 fts. He is in general an agressive python, only for experts.

Description:
They are not long snakes, night fossorial animals. They likes humidity, eats mices, birds or varans. There is 3 species: Brongersmai, Curtus, Breitensetini. They come rom Asia (Malaisia, Sumatra, Indonesia, Vietnam). He can weight 15kg, and can be agressive.

Breeding conditions:
He needs hidden spaces, a big water bowl and a lot of substrat (cocos wood for example). Temperature is around 30 to 23 at night. The terrarium can be around 120x60x80, and he likes dark spaces. You need to change water a lot because he can have diseases skin and pneumonia. This species is often obese so one prey each 2 weeks is great. But we never had this problem with our snakes.

Reproduction:
Sexual maturity is around 3 years. The female can lay 3 to 15 eggs, even if some can lay 24 eggs.

image-3390878

The ball python

The royal python is a constrictor, from Africa, mesuring about 3fts adult.

It’s probably the most common in captivity, but also the more developed with all the possible patterns. This species could be hard to begin for a beginner because royal python is shy, sometimes agressive when he is young and he also could refused feeding. It’s our favourite snake because of all the pattern’s possibilities.

The regius python is from pythonidae family. its a constructor, and it’s around 1,20 meter as an adult. Females are bigger than males. He lives in West Africa, in fields and savannah. He is easy to manipulate but they stress a lot! They eats little mices. This snake is ovipare, and sexual maturity is around 6 months for males and 2 years for a female. A female lays around 8 eggs, hatch 60 days later. Pythons from African farming often contains parasites and difficults for eating. They can live 15 years in captivity.

Legislation:

This species is submitted to annexe 2 CITES, limited to 25 without license CDC in France.

Animal choice:

You must take a captive snake than a farming one, without wounds and slough, without spit around the mouth, sign of pneumonia.

Breeding conditions:

This species can be raised in racks or terrarium. The terrarium can be around 90x50x50cm. The natural light is great for them, but you need an heat pad around 30 degrees, and a cold spot around 25 degrees. At night, 24 degrees are great. Hygrometry is around 65%, an hidden space can be great. Variables can change in winter but its not forbidden to keep those one.
Alimentation:

Mices size need to be adapted to your python. You can give dead or alive mices, or just killed one, it depends on what the snake accept. But Be careful not to leave alive miles with pythons, she can hurt the snake.

Some pythons can have difficulties to eat, so you can give the mice with a clip, or a dead one. The force feeding can traumatize your snake so be careful. A prey each 10 days can be great but it depends on the animal. For youngers, it can be each 5 days.

Reproduction:

You need to put them together for 5 days, then put your male alone for 2 days and give him a prey. If the female refuse the prey, change her color and is bigger than before for 3hours to 4 days, it can be a sign. An incubator is needed with high hygrometry, but natural incubation can be possible for vigorous females.