Antaresia Perthensis 'Anthill Python'

The Antaresia Perthensis, a.k.a. Anthill python, is the smallest python in the world. Like the other Antaresia members it lives in Australia. It is found in the northwest of Western Australia and shares it habitat with Antaresia Stimsoni Stimsoni.

Antaresia Perthensis - Pygmy PythonAntaresia Perthensis reaches an average length of 50cm which makes it the smallest Antaresia and smallest python. This snake has a very pronounced rust colour which blends in nicely with the rocky environment it lives in. When born they have a distinct pattern compared with Antaresia Childreni but this pattern will fade when they mature.

In the wild Anthill pythons mainly feed on frogs and small lizards.
In captivity they can be fed with mice.

An adult Anthill 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 warm a section of about 33 Celcius there should not be a problem to keep these snakes succesfully.

Antaresia Perthensis is alittle harder to breed then the other antaresia's. Antaresia Perthensis - Pygmy Python
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 very 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