Does anyone have a Pygmy Python?

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  1. aoife

    aoife Well-Known Member

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    Does anyone on here have a Pygmy Python with pics they would like to share?

    I am very interested in acquiring one :D

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    Nevermind I just read in another post how rare they are, I was looking at a yearling yesterday, adorable! I might have to suss out a childrens instead.
     
  2. pythoninfinite

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    They're not that rare, and I'm sure you'll be able to find at least several if you look around. people just don't breed them very often because the babies are tiny and can be difficult to get started. A fellow up here near Port Macquarie breeds them every year, and may still have some from last year, and they're due to be bred again in the next 3-4 months, but the babies wouldn't be ready for a few months after that. Are you able to keep them in Vic? They weren't on your list for many years if I recall.

    Jamie
     
  3. Smurf

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    There's a few around. Here in SA they're on the specialist list so I have to wait a bit longer before I can apply for them its how our system works.
    There are also pygmy Stimsons aka Banded Pygmys. About the same size but a bold pattern of tan and brown.
     
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    pygmy banded pythons are actually bigger than pygmy pythons (perthensis) I recently bought a pair thinking they were perthensis and found out they grow to almost the same size as stimsons.
    Perthensis grow to about 51cm,pygmy banded grow to about 74cm whilst stimsons grow to about 88cm.These measurements are averages not maximums.
    And yes they do have quite nice patterns 14.2.16 015.jpg 14.2.16 015.jpg
     
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  5. westernrocky

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    l have yearlings ready to go and hatchlings that have had 12-15 feeds by themselves but they are still on pinkie mice even my adults only get weaner mice. WR. these are the REAL perthensis. (located in Brisbane)
     
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    True, they are slightly bigger, but still pretty darn small. I can't even fathom how small perthensis must be when they hatch having had my first clutch of pygmy bandeds last season.... One day
     
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    Like large earthworms...

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  8. westernrocky

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    A fair % of them are only 3-4 grams on hatching, unfortuneately a lot pass away because of their size and ppl try to tough them out feeding wise like normal Morelia and this just doesn,t work "IMO". WR
     
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    When talking to my son I call my pygmy banded pythons "worms" haha, he knows what I mean.
    He also has several antaresias
     
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    We have a Pygmy Python as well as a Banded Pygmy Stimson's Python. They're both just gorgeous, our 16 Month old Pygmy Python isn't much bigger than our 4 Month old Banded Pygmy Stimson's Python. We also have a Children's Python and at 6 Months old and 65 grams she's a whopper compared to the other two!


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  11. Dustproof

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    My neighbour is interested in a Pygmy Python, he wants a yearling so he can be able to handle and feed it. He doesn't want banded Pygmy's and because this will be his first snake, he would like a proper Orange type colour. If you want to sell them, I have a genuine buyer here in NSW, he would like pictures if possible.

    Thanks
     
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    Don't you need class 2 to keep Pygmy pythons?

    Also, I would say a Pygmy banded Stimson is probably a better first snake.
     
  13. Dustproof

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    In NSW they only need a Companion license for a Pygmy Python.
     
  14. Sheldoncooper

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    There is a few people in Melbourne i know that breed them
     
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    I can't really imagine someone with no reptile experience keeping (or being allowed to keep ) a perthensis on a companion licence
     
  16. Dendrobates

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    I keep both Pygmy Pythons & Pygmy Banded Pythons and breed them most years. Both species always hatch out for me at 3-4grams each, the hatchling bandeds are the easiest Antaresia I've ever kept to get feeding, and the perthensis are up there as some of the hardest. But I've always had a 100% success rate at getting them all feeding on rodents, and have never lost a hatchling due to not feeding. The perthensis growth rate seems to be slower too.
    Also all of my adult Pygmy Bandeds except for one are smaller than my adult Pygmy Pythons in length, but are heavier.
     
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    wow sounds like you have it sorted,I have spoken to/read etc. many people who have attempted perthensis and struggled and cancelled my plans to breed them.
     
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    Hi Aoife,

    I have one, lovely little snake. I recommend them totally.
    Here are photos of my wee beastie. One with the flash on, the other with the flash off.
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    This might be a stupid question so I apologise in advance for that, but at such a small size what do you get them to immediately feed on? I know of someone who feeds itty bitty snakes mice tails, fuzzy end first as once that's down they can't get it back up. Do you have a similar approach? Just asking out of curiosity.
     
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    Hi Bipolar,

    That question would have to be answered by a breeder but I have been told that cut up rat tails are usually used in assist feeding any small snake. I wait for an animal to be eating mouse pinkies before I buy.

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    Nick
     

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