The Antaresia Childreni, a.k.a. Children's python, is a small python from Australia. It is found in the north of western Australia, the Nothern Territory and in Queensland. It inhabits a variety of habitats like dry forest, savanna's, and rocky area's.
The Children's python was discoverd in 1842 by John George Children. It is a small snake averiging a length of 75cm but can get up to a length of 90cm.This secies has a dull color compared to the other species in the Antaresia family. Antaresia childreni has a light brown/yellow background color which is covored with blotches of darker brown. Some older animals lak these blotches and almost have a patternless appearance.
In the wild the Children's python feeds on birds, frogs, gecko's, and other small lizards.
There should not be a problem to get them used to mamals in captivity, mice when they are young and springer rats when they are adult. Rats have a more nutricional value then mice so I prefer to feed my snakes rats.
An adult children's python can be kept in a vivarium of 80x50x40cm or in a rack
system which alows the animal to feel more secure then in a vivarium. When providing
them with a possibility to hide and a warm section of about 33 Celcius there should not be a problem to keep these snakes succesfully
Children's pythons are not difficult to breed. After a shorter light period the male can be introduced to the female on a weekly base.
After a few months the female will lay 10 - 15 eggs which will hatch after approximately 50 days. The hatchlings are nippy and will
shed after a 10 day period. After there first shed they can be fed with small mice. some of them need to be tricked in taking there first
mice. When handled regularly the youngsters will get used to humans and become a docile snake.
Literature: Keeping and Breeding Australian Pythons by Mike Swan