Jungle Carpet Pythons  Born May 29, 2004

Barker Stock and lots of color.

        This was an exciting year for my Jungle Carpets pythons.  It was Golden's third clutch, and I decided to let her incubate the eggs herself.  I did not use sphagnum moss like other breeders use although it would probably work better than my method.  I had 100% of the eggs hatch (11 eggs and her very first slug).  She laid her eggs April first in her hide box on newspaper and was fully wrapped around them when I found her.  I took  photos of my April fool's day surprise.  I left her on the eggs on newspaper in her normal Neodesha cage, near the hot spot exactly where she chose to lay.  To increase the humidity, I treated her cage similar to my rainbowboas and I placed three full sized water dishes around her hide-box.  One of the water dishes was on the hotspot to increase humidity and radiate heat when the heat tape went off for ten hours each night. Jungle carpet python, morelia spilota cheynei, jungle carpet pythons, jungles, jungle carpets, morelia spilota, high yellow, barker bloodline. 

        Using my raytek temperature gun, it was great to see her muscle contractions at work.  Her body would undergo rhythmic contractions starting at her head then working down her body.  The friction this created in her muscles allowed her to keep her body and the eggs below at a constant 88 degrees F, even when the cage temperature dropped down to 78 degrees at night.  I did not try to feed her the entire time although I did disturb her weekly by placing a deli cup full of water near her head.  She would hiss and push the cup away until I got her tongue to touch the water, then she would slowly raise and tilt her head and take a long drink.  It was really exciting to have a snake drink from a cup that I was holding, and it was the first time that I have ever tried to do this. This behavior made me think that although there was water dishes surrounding her hide box, she did not uncoil from the eggs to get a drink.  In the literature I have read of snakes leaving their eggs to go bask in the sun, then returning to the eggs when they are sufficiently warmed, but golden showed no evidence of this behavior.  Jungle carpet python, morelia spilota cheynei, jungle carpet pythons, jungles, jungle carpets, morelia spilota, high yellow, barker bloodline, carpet python, banded, morelia.

        The eggs hatched after 59 days, the babies shed a week or so later and 5 of the eleven babies ate large fuzzy mice the very first time they were offered.  Unfortunately there were no babies with smiley face markings for head patterns.  These baby Jungle Carpet Pythons should end up looking something like the parents who are pictured below as SIX year old adults.  Many of the Jungle Carpets will gain nice color at about 2 years of age then continually loose it as they age.  The VPI bloodline seems to hold onto the colors very well although my two adults are not as colorful as they were four years ago.  The price for well started babies is $200 each but I will not be sexing the babies for at least a few months.  Their tails are so very small that I don't feel right poking, prodding or putting pressure there. Jungle carpet python, morelia spilota cheynei, jungle carpet pythons, jungles, jungle carpets, morelia spilota, high yellow, barker bloodline, VPI, carpet python, banded, golden yellow morelia.

Let me know if one catches your eye.  Only the eaters are photographed.

Golden On her eggs, then Golden with the Dad

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