Morelia Boeleni - Boelen's Python

Antaresia
In the early days, Antaresia consisted one specie which belonged
to the family Liasis. This was later revised to Antaresia, this family
now contains four pecies.
 Maculosa, Childreni, Perthensis and Stimsoni. Recently a fifth specie was discovered in New Guinea by
Mark O'Shea. Untill this day, this specie is not official.

Antaresia's inhabit a wide range of Australia. Some species overlap
each other habitat. Antaresia species are the smallest pythons in the world. These are very fun species to maintain thanks to their size,
vivid lifestyle and because they are easy to keep.

Antaresia range

 

 





Aspidites

Aspidites
This is a small family only containing two species, Aspidites Ramsayi (woma python) and Aspidites Melanocephalus (black headed python) This family is endemic to Australia and are look a likes of each other. Both species inhabit dry scrublands and savannas throughout there geographical range.

The black headed python can obtain a length of 2,5 meter while the woma python stays a little smaller at 2 meters. They both have a rust color base
with black bands accross their back.



Aspidites range

 






Morelia nauta - Tanimbar python

Bothrochilus
For a long time this family contained only one specie. But since 2014 after a
revision of the pythonidae families it contains seven species.
Bothrochilus albertisii,
Bothrochilus boa, Bothrochilus bennettorum, Bothrochilus biakensis, Bothrochilus fredparkeri, Bothrochilus hoserae, Bothrochilus huonensis

This family inhabits the island of Papua New Guinea and the offshore islands of Papua New Guinea.


Bothrochilus range







Morelia spilota cheynei - Jungle carpet python

Liasis
This is a family that inhabits Australia and Papua New Guinea. It contains seven species.

Liasis savuensis, Liasis mackloti, Liasis fuscus, Liasis dunni, Liasis olivaceus, Liasis olivaceus barroni and Liasis papuana. This last specie first was a monotypic specie (Apodora) but in 2014 it was added to the Liasis family.

The species wihin the Liasis family have a wide array of sizes. The Liasis savuensis is the smallest with an average length of 1 meter. While the Liasis papuana is the biggest with an average length of 3,5 meters.

Liasis range

 






Morelia spilota mcdowelli - Coastal carpet python

Python
Python is the best know family of the pythonidae complex. It contains ten species which inhabit a wide range of Asia and Africa. Python regius, Python molurus, Python bivittatus, Python anchietae, Python breitensteini,
Python brongersmai, Python curtus, Python natalensis and Python sebae.

The best known species are the Python Molurus and the Python regius.
The most mysterious specie is the Python Kyayktiyo which inhabits
Burma/Myanmar. Only one specimen of the specie has been found.

Python range

 




 

Morelia spilota imbricata - Southwestern carpet python

Morelia
This family contains six species which all inhabit Austrialia. Except Morelia viridis which also inhabits Papua New Guinae. Morelia spilota spilota,
Morelia spilota imbricata, Morelia carinata, Morelia bredli, Morelia spilota cheynei inhabit Australia.

Most species are mostly tree dwellers but can also be found on the ground. While Morelia viridis is a true tree species and lives 99% of there life in the trees.

Morelia range


 


 

Simalia

Simalia
Personaly I think Simalia contains the most interesting python species.
They are exciting, have an exploring character, are rare in captivity and are good looking. this family contains seven species.

Simalia boeleni, Simalia clastolepis, Simalia amethystina, Simalia Nauta, Simalia kinghorni, Simalia Tracyae and Simalia oenpelliensis.

They inhabit Australia, Indonesia and the island around and also Papua
New Guinea.

Simalia range

 

 


 

Malayopython family

Malayopython
The Malayopython family contains two species which inhabit Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines. Malayopython reticulatus
is the is the longest python of the Pythonidae complex. Malayopython timoriensis is a less known species and isn┬┤t often kept in captivity.




Malayopython range







Incubation

Incubation
Incubating snake eggs is one of the most rewarding aspects of the hobby.
Those white golden eggs are the result of many years of hard work and effort. You've seen your animals grow from a tiny snapping worm to a beautiful adult specimen. Breeding attempts that have been done may or may not be succesfull at the first try. For some species it takes years to see the fruit of all you labor. But when those beauties are laid another waiting game begins......

 

 

 

 


 

 

Maternal Breeding

Maternal breeding
If you are a succesfull snake breeder and you are a master of all the aspects in the hobby, than you can take it to the next level. Letting your female breed
her own eggs. But it's not as easy as it sounds, the female can't do all the work herself. You have to assist her with a few aspects. Are you up to the job, do you want to risk losing those precious eggs?

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Breeding Rats

Breeding prey items

Feeding your snakes can be an expensive part of the hobby. Not everybody has the luxury of a good rodent breeder nearby and has to get their rodents from a expensive animal shop. When you have a reasonably large collection
of snakes than there is the option to breed your own rodents. This can be a hobby all by itself and not always the most pleasant hobby.

Have you thought about what to feed your rodents? What are you going to use as a bedding. What do you do with the rodents that have grown to large? How are you gonna take care of the smell of your rodents? These are just a few examples of the questions you have to take in mind when starting your own rodent breeding.

 


 

 

Snake Anatomy and Physiology

Snake anatomy and physiology

Reptiles and snakes in particular are a mystery for most of the people.
They think snakes are slimy, smelly and they are dangerous. But when they have seen or even hold a snake the animal becomes a fascinating creauture. How can they survive without limbs? They are constantly flicking their tongue, why is that? These are few of the questions people will ask when they first see a snake in real life. Learn more about the physiology and anatomy of snakes and discover how wonderful creatures they really are!