Past Jungle Carpets
2002 Jungle Carpet Babies 10/02
2002 Jungle Carpet Babies 04/2003 Golden female#7(4-head) and Goldenmale#9 (J-head)
Golden MOM on eggs April 01-2003
More Recent Golden photos
Recent photos of the father, Tracy Male
Link to page of the 2003 Hatchlings (these babies are sold and the photos of the individual babies have been deleted)
here is the one that I held back from 2003. I really liked the head pattern. He is awesome.
Link to page of the 2004 Hatchlings (these babies are sold and the photos of the individual babies have been deleted)
One of my all time favorite snakes is the Speckled Kingsnake. The gold on velvety black has captivated me since I caught my first one in 1993. I have always looked in admiration at Diamond Pythons (Morelia spilota spilota) for their similar patterning but much larger size. To be perfectly honest I still think that some of the Diamonds are nicer than the nicest Jungle Carpets, but because of their housing requirements, their less than perfect captive success history, and their price I have not been fortunate enough to work with this species (see an article in Reptiles Magazine April 2000 about captive Diamonds)
Now that I have praised the Diamond Python enough, let me explain what I have.
In the summer of 1998, I spent as many days as possible working for Dave and Tracy Barker at their snake house. They did not have any Diamond Pythons, but they did have (and still do have) stunningly beautiful Jungle Carpet Pythons. These were the golden light at the end of the tunnel, and they were the snakes that I was working towards. I got first pick out of four litters. The father of two of the litters is the one pictured on the cover of their book, Pythons of the World Volume 1, Australia. I picked out 2 males and three females by pattern alone because the color doesn't come in until about one year of age. I did a pretty good job and have been impressed at their colors.
(THE PHOTO GALLERIES HAVE MUCH BETTER PICTURES BY SNAKE....see above)
Above is my first and oldest female. I watched The golden female and my Tracy male (above left) breed on February 05-2002. She had babies on June 27 of 2002. I have sold all of the 2002 offspring, But I have photos of a few that I held onto until they were 9 months of age (look in photo gallery above. April_2003). The full adult colors do not come in on Jungle Carpet Pythons until they are about 18 months of age, which means even though the babies look very colorful in these photos, They still have a LOT of yellow to gain before they stop gaining colors (yellows). I have asked all the people who purchased baby carpets from me to send me photos as they age. I have only received photos from a few people,... so to the 80+ others....YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE....Send me photos...... I want photos for my personal satisfaction as well as for a reference point that I can have on the site of baby snakes that the Golden pair produced in the past, so the people buying babies in 2006 and in the future, will have a good Idea of what their snakes will look like as they grow up.
The golden female was sitting on eggs again as of April 01 2003((Golden MOM on eggs)), which was a great April fools day surprise. I took some photos of her all wrapped up around the eggs, but they wrap so tightly that I had to budge her in order to see the eggs for the photos. Also golden seems sort of drab during this time, I do not think she is going into shed while incubating her eggs, But she looks much better now than she did while on her eggs, and in the photo album above, I have current photos that prove it.
I TRIED to let Golden incubate the eggs herself this year, which she did fine for about one week. After I fed her, she ignored the eggs and I had to artificially incubate them. I did alright with my make-shift incubator ((I still prefer the Live bearing method of letting the female boas decide what temperature the embryo's need to be)) and hatched out 12 of the 13 eggs on JUNE-09-2003. The snake in Egg#3 was fully formed and had started to split the egg (see photos above), but was unable to fully penetrate the shell and apparently drowned full term. Maybe its egg tooth broke off in the process. By the way, I have been borrowing a nice Nikon Coolpix995 that takes nice close ups. I have already taken picts of the 12 individual babies and in several of the photos, you can see the egg tooth. This does not come out in many photographs and if you do not get your photographs within the first few days, the snakes loose it forever. (Check out recent pictures of the parents in the PhotoGallery above: Golden)
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