Looking For My First Python...

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  1. Aidan Swanson

    Aidan Swanson Not so new Member

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    I got a great deal for a brand new Exo Terra enclosure 90x45x60 for 150 bucks! Now im wanting to get my first python, im quiet interested in Diamond Pythons and Spotted Pythons but i am favouring diamond python, planning on raising a baby any objections? Tips? Things I should know? Good Breeders?
     
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    Diamond Pythons are great, but beware they get big and will cost more to Feed, Handle and House. As they grow you need to put them in a bigger enclosure and they grow pretty fast. For a first Python I would recommend to start smaller with a Children or Stimson that grow to 1.2m, they are a lot more docile than Carpet Snakes and very easy to look after. Remember that when you get a Hatchling or yearling, the enclosure you have bought will be too big for them until they get to 3 or 4yo. Snakes like smaller confined area's, if they are Noodles they will like living in a smallish tub. If you put them in large enclosures, they could fret because they are scarred. My two Carpet Pythons take a Large Rat once a week each at about $8 to $10 each depending of where you get them from, they live in converted Wall Units so they have room to climb and hang around (About 1.2m to 1.5m) I have 7 Pythons and I buy food at about $400 for 50 odd Large Rats and 50 odd Weaners roughly every 6 months depending on how hungry they get... lol
     
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    hi Aidan where are you based?
     
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    If a diamonds what you want then get one mate. They are known to be a bit more relaxed than other breeds of carpet, this means nothin tho as every python is different. Just make sure you buy from a good breeder and make sure you do heaps of reading up on them as they’re temperature requirements are a bit different to other carpets when they get a bit older.
     
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    Melbourne, why?
     
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    Because using an Exo Terra enclosure for a diamond in the wrong climate can be problematic. But Melbourne should be ok so long as it doesn't get too cold in Winter.
     
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    Thank you all so much for all the great info, but I think I might just start with something small and basic like a children's or a spotted python...
     
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    Good idea but your exo terra probably won't be suitable then
     
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    Wait what? why not? Is it too big? What kind of snake would be happy to live in my enclosure for the next 7 years at least then?
     
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    itd be fine for an adult stimson/spotted, provided theres no holes for them to get out
     
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    as already mentioned snakes grow quickly,so if you buy a juvenile you need a small enclosure and then up the size as it grows ( same with the food).Unless you buy an adult python then it can stay in the same enclosure for the rest of it's life.
     
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    Personally i think the exo terra won't be able to keep enough heat in. The top is completely mesh.

    Diamonds are cool climate pythons (so it would be fine for a diamond). But spotteds etc aren't, and in general need a warmer enclosure
     
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    Thank you, I NOW think ive made my final decision to get a diamond python baby/yearling at the VHS reptile expo and have made a thread including questions that I would like answered...
     

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