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they arent trying to "escape" to run away lol, theyre trying to find a way to explore, no matter your setup, theyre all going to investigate the little gaps in your enclosures
oh ok, well that is a relief. I was concerned there for a second. hahaha, I'd hate to keep an animal unhappy just for my own amusement.
 

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My ex-wife refused to allow the boys to have a snake even though she was used to other reptiles, but after he lived with me and then moved back with a python she accepted and then liked it. Now she has no problem with them. My other son lives with me now and we have several pythons and she has no problem with them when she visits.
I might suggest getting a smaller python to start,maybe a Childrens or other Antaresia ( something that won't bite his toes lol) Antaresia are great starter snakes and most have a calm friendly attitude, I introduced my young grandchildren to these at the age of 5 & 3 , they have no fear now
 

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I might suggest getting a smaller python to start,maybe a Childrens or other Antaresia ( something that won't bite his toes lol) Antaresia are great starter snakes and most have a calm friendly attitude, I introduced my young grandchildren to these at the age of 5 & 3 , they have no fear now
I'm pretty set on a jungle, I love they way they look and I'm pretty certain I can talk him into one snake but two is probably pushing it. The snakes might start conspiring together to get his toes.
 

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Unfortunately even today, there are still a hell of a lot of people out there who believe the only good snake, is a dead snake. Getting certain people to believe otherwise can be a challenge. Education is the key. Best of luck.
 

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Another thing you might want to try is to visit a pet store with some babies. I know petstock has a variety and sometimes has jungles, or being in Melb you could try fish and feather if you're out east. Havng him see a baby or hatching might get him a bit more used to the idea, as they're very unintimidating. My fiances mum was totally freaked out at the idea of my Stimmie, but she's seen multiple pics of him wrapped around my hand, has been in to see him in his enclosure, and is willing to maybe hold him one day. So exposure while they're small iis a good idea. I wouldn't be buying an adult if I was you!
 

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Another thing you might want to try is to visit a pet store with some babies. I know petstock has a variety and sometimes has jungles, or being in Melb you could try fish and feather if you're out east. Havng him see a baby or hatching might get him a bit more used to the idea, as they're very unintimidating. My fiances mum was totally freaked out at the idea of my Stimmie, but she's seen multiple pics of him wrapped around my hand, has been in to see him in his enclosure, and is willing to maybe hold him one day. So exposure while they're small iis a good idea. I wouldn't be buying an adult if I was you!
thank you so much
such a good idea

I'm not planning on getting an adult. But I don't want to get a brand new hatchy. I was thinking something less than a yearling.
 

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Any particular reason you don't want a hatchy? One that has been raised to pinkies is pretty easy to look after and will give your partner some time to get used to before it gets big šŸ˜‰
 

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Any particular reason you don't want a hatchy? One that has been raised to pinkies is pretty easy to look after and will give your partner some time to get used to before it gets big šŸ˜‰
If it is well established, feeding well, had a few sheds etc it shouldn't be an issue. that would make it like a few months old, yeah? how long are they still hatchys? lol
 

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If it is well established, feeding well, had a few sheds etc it shouldn't be an issue. that would make it like a few months old, yeah? how long are they still hatchys? lol

Haha yeah actually, good question. When does a hatchy become a snake? šŸ˜„ looking at the snakes I've seen in most pet stores, they all appear to be a few months old in places like petstock, but the reptile specific places I've seen here in Adelaide have slightly younger ones. I'm guessing it's because breeders sell them slightly older to regular pet stores because they're easier to look after when they're a little older by the non reptile specific staff.
 

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Haha yeah actually, good question. When does a hatchy become a snake? šŸ˜„ looking at the snakes I've seen in most pet stores, they all appear to be a few months old in places like petstock, but the reptile specific places I've seen here in Adelaide have slightly younger ones. I'm guessing it's because breeders sell them slightly older to regular pet stores because they're easier to look after when they're a little older by the non reptile specific staff.
haha yeah, so pet store age (be that hatchy or some other name) would be good for me then :p
 

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hatchling till 6-9mths~
then juvenile till 12-18months

breeders usually sell after hatchlings have started feeding on their own (i wait for 4 feeds in a row and atleast 2 sloughs), and wont start feeding till a week or 2 after they hatch... so theyll be like 3~ months old roughly

petshops keep their animals small to keep them in their display cabinets

once you start feeding it properly you will notice the crazy growth rate and you will understand
 
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hatchling till 6-9mths~
then juvenile till 12-18months

breeders usually sell after hatchlings have started feeding on their own, and wont start feeding till a week or 2 after they hatch... so theyll be like 3~ months old roughly

petshops keep their animals small to keep them in their display cabinets

once you start feeding it properly you will notice the crazy growth rate and you will understand
3 months sound like a great age for me :)

hatchling till 6-9mths~
then juvenile till 12-18months
@Timmah well there you go, that answers that lol
 

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I know you're set on a Jungle, but I really do suggest that you consider an Antaresia. Yes, you might be lucky and never have an issue with it getting snappy, but if it does end up n being a snappy snake, all you'll hear is "I told you so, snakes are mean." Getting a more placid species to start with really will help to calm the nerves. Antaresia are amazingly docile.

Good luck!
 

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I know you're set on a Jungle, but I really do suggest that you consider an Antaresia. Yes, you might be lucky and never have an issue with it getting snappy, but if it does end up n being a snappy snake, all you'll hear is "I told you so, snakes are mean." Getting a more placid species to start with really will help to calm the nerves. Antaresia are amazingly docile.

Good luck!
I'd have to agree

Jungles really really dont have the best reputation bite wise, and most "my snake wont stop biting" posts seem to be jungle pythons

literally any other carpet python or antaresia is a much better choice

perhaps you tell us why you like the jungle python and We can help with something similiar? assuming its the black and gold colouring, majority of all jungles are not like this
 

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I say get a jungle if you realy want one, their not all snappy. A cross could be another choice unless your a purist i surpose. This boys about 5 years old, about 260cm long and he's about as timid and easy going as you can get. His mum is a rather large coastal jag, and his dad is a beautiful black and gold jungle x 20190225_143756.jpg20190204_141535.jpg diamond. He only seems to show minor signs of neurological disorder in the form of a slight tremor when he is very excited or startled (scared) by some thing. For example, he gets rather excited at feed time and occasionaly will seem to throw his head to one side just about a millisecond before he bites his dinner, and misses completely. He always gets it on the second or third strike though. Apart from that, he behaves just the same as my other two. I will not be letting him breed because of the neuro, but he does make an excellent pet.
Happy hunting.
 
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