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“Boelen’s Python” It has iridescent scales, fantastic pet for any reptile lover

The Boelen’s python is a snake native to New Guinea that is renowned as a beautiful and unique reptile.

Famous for their iridescent scales, Boelen’s pythons made a fantastic pet for any reptile lover.

However, these snakes are fairly challenging, and should only be taken on by reasonably experienced snake owners.

This article will discuss the important facts about Boelen’s pythons, and how to keep your python safe, happy, and comfortable.

– Appearance and Behavior –

Boelen’s pythons are known for their famous black, iridescent scales. However, these snakes change in color and pattern as they age.

Young pythons are red, with bands of white. As they age, the red gradually darkens to a sleek, iridescent black, with thin yellowish bands around the body and a yellowish belly.

There is no noticeable difference in appearance between males and females.

– Size and Lifespan –

Boelen’s pythons grow to an average length of eight feet.

Some snakes can grow up to ten feet long, and there are rare cases of fourteen feet long Boelen’s pythons. These snakes also have significant girth.

A Boelen’s python is a long-term commitment, especially if you buy a young snake.

These snakes live for around fifteen to twenty years and are long-term pets.

Be sure that you’re ready to provide love and care for your pet for at least two decades.

– Food and Water –

You should change your Boelen’s python’s water bowl daily.

Boelen’s pythons eat mammals, rodents, and birds. Feed an adult snake live food like rabbits, quails, and guinea pigs.

Baby Boelen’s pythons can be fed mice and rats. Juveniles can be fed one prey item every seven days.

Feed your python one prey item every ten days. This may not seem like a lot, but remember you will be feeding your snake a large meal.

Boelen’s pythons are greedy animals, and will happily eat more if you let them. This can lead to an overweight, unhealthy snake.

– Housing Boelen’s Pythons –

Boelen’s pythons are large snakes and need plenty of room.

While they mostly stick to the forest floor in their natural habitat, they are good climbers and need a little height in their enclosure.

Natural substrates, burrows, and other hiding places are good decorations for your python enclosure. Make sure your snake has plenty of places to rest and hide.

Most snakes are masters of escape, and Boelen’s pythons are no different.

A reptile terrarium should provide all the room your snake needs, and will close securely to prevent your curious reptile from escaping its enclosure.

– Lighting –

A Boelen’s python requires special lighting. Full-spectrum UV lighting will keep your snake happy and healthy, with a proper day/night schedule.

Setting your light on a timer for twelve hours on and twelve hours off will help your snake get into a proper photocycle rhythm.

Be aware that rooms with lots of artificial or even natural light will disrupt this rhythm.

– Breeding –

Your best chance for successfully breeding Boelen’s pythons is to imitate their natural breeding in the wild.

Lower the enclosure temperature to around 60 °F for around three months, and gradually increase the humidity to 85%.

This imitates the winter months the snake would experience in the wild, with colder weather and heavier rainfall.

After three months, gradually increase the temperature and decrease the humidity to normal levels.

Add the male to the female’s enclosure. Leave the two snakes together for a week, watching them for signs of aggression.

After a week, remove the male, feed both snakes, and reintroduce the male 48 hours after feeding.

If breeding has been successful, the female will stop eating and you will notice a bulge in her belly. Remove the male.

Once the female has laid eggs, remove the eggs. She won’t care for them anymore.

Put the eggs in an incubator, at around 88 °F, with a humidity level of 85-90%.

Once the eggs hatch, don’t house the babies together. You should also avoid handling them right now, as they are young and fragile.

Breeding success may depend on your own experience, as well as the individual personalities and experience of your pythons.