Very common in captivity. This species generally makes a great pet however, some locality types of jungle python (Palmerston) are generally known to be more aggressive than other varieties such as the Atherton or Tully pythons, and as such are generally better suited as display animals rather than pets, keep in mind this is only a generalisation and does not cover the individual temperament of the snake or its upbringing. Juveniles of this species are also known to be nippy, with temperament becoming more good to excellent once appropriately handled and more mature.
Ideal Captivity Conditions
Temperature & Humidity
30*-32*C (88*-90*F) basking area, daytime ambient should not drop below 26*C (80*F) with nightime ambient not below 22*C (72*F).
Heating is considered to be best when provided from an overhead heating source, as the python is semi-aboreal, however, no issues have been encountered when properly utilising adequate substrate heaters.
Humidity is usually fine at normal ambient air temps (10%) however during shedding, this should be increased to around 40-60% when the snake is coming up to shedding. A water bowl big enough for the python to soak in when coming into shedding is ideal.
These snakes are known to be escape artists so due care must be taken to ensure that all possible escape routes are identified and action is taken to prevent escape.
Young specimens are best kept in small enclosures/containters. Larger snakes should be kept in an enclosure that will allow them to spend adequate time on the ground as well as climbs, suspended hides and other climbable obstacles which will allow the snake to excercise and remain active. An enclosure 1200hx600lx600d mm or larger will be fine for an average sized adult or larger.
Enclosures around light fittings are necessary to prevent burns and injury to the snake by wrapping itself around a globe or heating element.