You must first decide a few basic things:
- How large you would like the python to be when fully grown
- How much are you looking to spend
- Is it for show only or is it a pet to be handled from time to time.
Here is a rough outline of what I think are some of the better pythons for first timers.
There are many other pythons available but these are the basics. This is just a rough guide of prices; the high end price is due to locality, colours, and patterns. Morph’s can fetch much higher prices than most other pythons and I have not priced them here as morph prices usually go into the thousands, morph’s are pythons like the albino, or have different markings than normal.
Some species are available through pet stores, but other reptile specific stores can sell many other species and prices will vary from store to store, and state to state as laws, rules, and regulations differ. Some python can live for more than 25Yr’, so they are a long term pet. Be sure that you can fit an enclosure into your home that can to fit your python when fully grown. It is sometimes more convenient to purchase an older python, as you know they are feeding well, and can see their temperament. But it can be a lot pricier. A hatchling can be hand reared and can grow with you starting out with a small enclosure which can be easier on the wallet for starting out. The larger enclosure should be half their length, by quarter of their length, by quarter of their length minimum. Larger the better in the end, as they will appreciate the room when fully grown.
[hide][top]Purchasing Your First Python
When purchasing your first python you should take great care in choosing. You should ensure that the python is feeding well, if in doubt, ask to come on a feeding day to see it being feed. This will also show you how to feed the python as well. With your python you should get a feeding, Shedding, and maybe even a defecation history. You would not be out of line to ask to see the parents. You can then see what markings the parents have and their temperament. Also check the snake over and handle it a little, as hatches they may be feisty and bite but it doesn’t hurt, it’s more a shock the first time. If something looks wrong with the python, there probably is. Follow your instincts with health, regardless of what you are told be the seller.