Antaresia Maculosa 'Spotted Python'

The Antaresia Maculosa, a.k.a. Spotted python, is a small python from Australia. They occur from the tip of the Cape York peninsula in northern Queensland, down the coast on the east side of the Great Dividing Range, to northeastern New South Wales. They can also be found on several islands along the coast of Queensland.

Antaresia Maculosa is the largest memeber of the Antaresia genus with an average length of 120cm, Antaresia Maculosa - spotted Pythonbut there recordings of specimens that have reached 150cm. This snake has a brown/yellow background color with big brown spots.

In the wild the Spotted python mainly feed on birds and lizards but also mammals are on there menu. In captivity they can be fed with mice or with small rats which has my preference because rats have more nutritional value.

An adult Spotted python can be kept in a vivarium of 100x50x40cm 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.

Antaresia Maculosa - spotted PythonSpotted 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

Photos used in this care sheet are not from my animals.