Anyone keep/breed White Lipped Pythons?

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  1. Sock Puppet

    Sock Puppet Very Well-Known Member

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    As far as I know, they only occur on some islands in the Torres Strait in the Australian geographical range, but also in PNG (maybe Indonesia?). Would need someone a lot more knowlegable than myself to confirm this though.

    Yeah I was reading some older threads (probably should have done this pre-post rather than post-post eh?) & some keepers from overseas mentioned WLPs were a bit agro. But then again, how many threads do you read here of waters, olives, jungles etc being mental also? I'd put up with it if I could have one!
     
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    getarealdog Well-Known Member

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    White Lip

    This would be a dark one yeah
     

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    Chrisreptile Very Well-Known Member

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    Are they yours getarealdog?
    Or from overseas collections?
     
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    They are a spectacular python!
     
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    Ozzie Python Very Well-Known Member

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    never even heard of them before. anyone have any further info on them? are they still found in the wild?

    and yes i will be on google in a minute. I don't recall seeing them in any of my books.
     
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    redbellybite Almost Legendary

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    the pic says she is female ...if she is yours or even in Aussie land ..and according to Jonno there is supposedly two males in NSW ....mmmm you might be on a gold mine ;)
     
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    Put me down for a pair
     
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    Australis Almost Legendary

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    Looking at the material the enclosure is made from
    just about guarantees the photo was taken outside Oz.
     
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    eipper Very Well-Known Member APS Veteran

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    Leiopython went through a species revision the black ones are from Southern PNG and NOT Australia or its Territories, the specimens from the Torres Strait islands are regarded as errors in local data.

    The Southern ones are Leiopython hoserae and the Northern PNG ones (Gold) are albertisi, they a geographically spilt by the Owen Stanley range in PNG.

    The the southerns were kept at Melbourne Zoo until the 90's and were at one stage kept at Joe Bredl's park in SA .

    Cheers,
    Scott
     
  10. -Peter

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    I would hazard a guess that the one in Getarealdogs pic is overseas. The particleboard in the background isn't marketed here so not readily available. Like the snake.
     
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    daniel1234 Very Well-Known Member

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    Yeh, nothing like a snake. If they were local I would want one. Interesting thread.
     
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    Sock Puppet Very Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for that Eipper, in addition, here's a quote from Wikipedia regarding their range

    Geographic range
    Found in most of New Guinea (below 1200 m), including the islands of Salawati and Biak, Normanby, Mussau and Emirau, as well as a few islands in the Torres Strait.
    Some doubt can be cast on its occurrence on Normanby, as McDowell (1975) had erroneously assigned Bara Bara to this Island, rather than to the mainland of Papua New Guinea in Milne Bay Province as stated by Boulenger (1890 and Koopman (1982).
     
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    I am in the states and have a golden phase (northern animal) and once out of its cage it is a sweetheart, getting it out can be scary. Also they have an incredible feed response and are particularly unhappy in shed. The black phase (southern) would be the one that may be from the Ozzy islands but from all reports that was an error. But if it is on the books, run with it folks, ;). The southerns are said to be more difficult to breed, extremly irradesent, and much calmer overall. Both phases have a bad rep as being snappy but since 90% are wild caught imports I put very little stock in that. A captive animal will grow up calm having never been put through the hell that is the import process. I have CB Amazon Tree Boas that are easy to handle and never even hint at biting and they have the same rep as the WLP.

    These snakes(WLP) are very different in that they do something very few other snakes do, they spit up hair balls...:shock::shock::shock:

    It is more than a little scary to see what looks like a regurge in your snakes enclosure every couple weeks. The golden phase is all I have experience with but one other thing is they will change color at night. They go from gold on the side and black on the back to bright gold on the side and gold on the back, very brillant. I can also tell you that they do not like the flash of a camera. :shock::shock: HAHAHAHAA:lol::lol::lol:

    Jason
     
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    how do you know they are both males? seems like folk are causing undue hardship for the bloke who owns them because of this sort of rumour mongering.

    do you say they are two males because you know they are, or more likely, just a narc, who just wants them to be so somebody else can't have any success with them.

    is this just so that if they are ever bred, you can accuse him of being a smuggler because you have already established that he didn't have a female through your rumours.

    give him/her a break and stop the rubbish.



    ps. if the owner has already told everybody that they are both males, then my mistake and i'm sorry!
     
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    Sock Puppet Very Well-Known Member

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    Oh man........you gotta send us WLP starved Aussies some pics (maybe use a tripod & no flash? ;)). Would love to see pics of the boa too! (but mainly the white lipped!)
     
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    White Lips

    No not mine that would make them illegal lol! I'll have to say they are from a collection overseas.
     
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    Wlp

    WLPs are amazing snakes. I have kept the gold (northern) ones and I currently keep the Black (southern possibly in OZ Territory) phase. The blacks and the Golds are now seperate species as well. My blacks are very easy handling. Here is a pic of my females head. I wish you Aussie keepers had these available to work with. If you like Fuscus you would love these guys.

    Ryan Young

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    pythons73 Suspended Banned

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    Great picture Ryan,also Jason-Hood could you post a few pictures of yours,cheers.
     
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    Sock Puppet Very Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Ryan Y, that is one beautiful animal you have there, love that rainbow sheen on her head.
     
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    I will have to get in and get some pics of the WLP. The pics above are all from one clutch.

    Jason
     

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