Children’s Python Care Sheet

Scientific Facts

Common Name Children’s Python
Scientific Name Antaresia children
Size 1 – 1.5 meters
Life Span 15 – 20 years
Habitat Dry forests, grass savannas, riverbeds, coastal plains, termite mounds, rocky areas
Country of Origin Australia

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What is Children Python?

Although it is not identified precisely when Australian serpents were first held in confinement, serpents have remained held as favorites for countless thousands of ages. Now there are several unskilled reptile owners in Australia, and a few have delivered relevant participation to herpetology (the research of amphibians and reptiles).

Nor is it a serpent more fit than others as a younger’s pet; regardless of its title, the Children’s Python is not a python that swallows kids. This reptile was identified following the expert John George Children, who first named them. Children’s Python is the general nickname assigned to the four local Australian pythons of the genus Antaresia. The most generally held by nonprofessional herpetologists are the Antaresia maculosa and Antaresia childreni.

Appearance and Size

Grown-ups stretch to an entire range (counting tailpiece) approximately 3–5 feet. With a spectrum gloss that can be observed when displayed to direct light, while those on the topmost covering of the frame are small and sleek, the layers on the peak of the cranial are swelled.

 The uppermost covering of the serpent is brown with more shaded specks in five or six lengthwise order. A deep stripe on each side of the head moves transversely in the eye. The lips are yellow, blotched with brown. The lower facade of the serpent is consistently yellowish.

The cranial of the snake is distinguished from the collar. Penetrated in a huge semi-distributed nasal layer, the snout is superolateral. The eye is average in dimension, with a perpendicular pupil. The body is somewhat parallel compacted. The tail is small. Approximately 257 to 287 abdominal flakes are observed near the lower covering, and 41 to 45 series of posterior scales traverse the snake’s rear.

Roughly 38 to 53 tailpiece flakes are on the deeper covering within the anus, and the point of the tail, all or chiefly in two series, and a particular single rectal covering is located directly in front of the anus. The rostrum is wider than high, scarcely noticeable from above. The internasals are somewhat larger than thick and are smaller than the anterior prefrontals.

The second couple of prefrontals are in connection at the midline or is divided by a little buffer. These last prefrontals are seldom burst into numerous defenses. The facade is one and a partial points as long as thick, somewhat smaller than its measure from the edge of the nose, greater than the little portals. Three to 10 little lore defenses are existing, some relatively sandy, with 11 to 13 higher liplike. Three or four of the succeeding lower lips have dark spots.

The front jawbone teeth and rear muzzle teeth are extremely long, slowly declining in extent posteriorly. The premaxillary bone also has teeth.

Geographical Range

From the Kimberley Plateau in the western portion of Australia transversely to the Northern Territory, all the way to North-Eastern Queensland, generally observed in Northern Australia. It is likewise seen on various oceanic sanctuaries.


In the native, these serpents (as a genus) are recognized to employ a very extensive field of territories. They are observed from humid marginal areas that are high in precipitation to depths wilderness environments. They are more generally found in mountainous territories with an abundance of stones or ground crops than on flats,  like several other serpent species. Rugged mountains and outcroppings further give excellent territories. A bunching field that is adjacent as vertebrally dense as the succulent bushes of the southwestern United States, a specially preferred defense shrub in desert ranges, is the legendary spinifex grassland. It would appear that also the anthill python endeavors shelter in spinifex, maybe to an even more prominent degree than in its namesake territory.

Common Behavior

Examples are accommodated separately for most of the cycle, by housing them distinctly, it is more natural to serve and maintain the enclosures. The division for nourishing is not needed, and civil interplay appearing in the structure of social authority, and the ensuing anxiety is dismissed. They are only joined for coupling in the winter; the male is constantly added to the female’s enclosure. Pythons manage to be alone by creation, besides throughout the mating term, when collections of several species are identified to transpire.

This species is popular for its easygoing character and is a famous being in the pet business. If wounds befall, it is common in the assumption of meals being given to the serpent or the scent of meat on fingers or tools. A few exemplars can grow meal-warry to the period of snapping frequently on administration.


A menu consists of grown-up raw or chilled and melted out lifeless rodents on request. No conscious diet is granted to grown-ups due to the likelihood of harm from rodents snapping the serpents during compression. The lifeless victim is regularly practiced and squeezed as if it was living, being consumed later. Some examples will devour victims immediately from the basement of the enclosure without contracting it, whilst others need victim objects to be shaken in a display of them as if it were breathing. It is then chosen, compressed, and “annihilated” before being consumed.

Maturer exemplars of fifteen-plus ages can become dilapidated and have difficulty filling on their own, being incapable of adjusting the blow acknowledgment. These species will frequently discover to initiate their mouths for the installation of a rodent, which they craving then consume with frustration.

No particular ingesting management is applied. Females commonly reject meals from April until subsequent egg-producing in spring. Males will recommence filling after the breeding period throughout winter. After exemplars proceed to supply, they are served ad-lib during summer and fall.

 Females require to replenish resources spent in egg creation and are supplied as plentiful as they will consume. This ends in fast mass increases. Males are supplied on a subsistence intake, with the regularity of feeding also growing across the summer periods. Approximately two or three grown-up rodents are served in one feed whenever the serpent will devour.

At the peak of summer, females are in everything that could be expressed as the fertile state and have replaced fat stores utilized in egg composition. Females are not spelled in consecutive years of reproducing and are propagated on a yearly premise.

Mutton Bird Oil has been employed as a meal addition at a percentage of one or two bits on each second or third mash.

Reproduction and Life Cycle

With relevant to 25 eggs per clasp, this species is oviparous. Females incubate their eggs within a seven-week cultivation season by curling around them and infrequently shaking to have them heated, which also provides the eggs some security from hunters. Youngsters are massively blemished but slowly grown reddish-brown or brown as they culminate.

Health and lifespan

25 – 30 years. A serpent held in a great set-up must have no wellness predicament.

How to Breed


Sex of this snake is ascertained by examining the interior of the tailpiece for the appearance or deficiency of hemipenes.


Specimens are offered throughout May, June, July, and August. The most breeding venture has fallen by the period of August. The male is periodically included in the female’s enclosure and will acknowledge by sniffing and exploring the enclosure. Courting and breeding regularly transpire inside one to two days following initiation. The male may pursue the female encompassing the enclosure, and mating inside a few hours may happen and remain for numerous hours.

The male battle has been applied to provoke coupling but is not deemed crucial. An oppositely unbiased male may be aroused to sex the female accompanying the initiation and elimination of different males. The males should be strictly examined if presented as serious combat can happen, and one or both males may be wounded. Males will oftentimes start a pre-mating period swamp in May and June, and repeatedly succeeding the mating period in September.

Females may likewise begin a pre-breeding period marsh but not as assuredly as males. The coupling has been regarded to remain for numerous hours and relevant to twelve hours, and are frequently seen around nightfall and in the early daybreak at the coolest point of the day.

Males are commonly transferred from the female enclosure following one week, provided a week on their own, and then presented to the female for an added week. This process is replicated in May, June, July, and August, with males staying switched within up to six female pens. Males are enduringly separated in the period of July and early August.


After the breeding period, females will frequently display solitary and disappear from appearance. Throughout late July and August, females can be seen relaxing in the transposed form, with the abdominal layers tilted. Ovulation is not prominent in Children’s Python, and concluding if the female is pregnant is not simple. This species commonly has great muscle condition, and by moving the females within the pinkies, it may or may not be reasonable to seem the bearing of eggs/ova. If the female rejects meat and rests in the capsized form, it is a great indication that she is pregnant.

Egg Laying

Eggs are produced in spring in both setting cases presented for the design or beneath the gumtree shell shelter. A superficial dent in the underlayer is produced by the female a few days before setting. Ice-cream buckets of moist gravel and sphagnum moss or vermiculite mixture with an access space cast out of the cover are presented after the pre-laying swamp when it is discovered that the female is pregnant.

After placing, the female will collect the eggs mutually into a cluster and nurture the eggs if allowed to make so.


All clasps have been synthetically nurtured, as the enclosures are deemed too drained to enable the female to brood the eggs. The timber framework of the enclosures does not provide drizzling to sustain the high moisture needed for matrilineal cultivation. The corresponding enclosures can, though, be applied to nurture the eggs in pliable cases such as “Click-clacks” or loaf pans. This was the process employed before a brooder was created: a place in the pen that would keep the heat of 27-32 deg C was chosen, and the chemical case with eggs would fill the identical enclosure as the grown-up until juveniles.

On the time of producing the egg, the bump is transferred from the female, and each egg is carried, balanced, and marked before being stored in the vermiculite means in the egg case. A water vermiculite blend of 1:1 by mass is utilized in the cases. Seldom eggs cannot be isolated from the clasp after they have settled in the air and attached to the bump. If it was reflected that the eggs could not be departed securely without splitting the cases, then the clasp was nurtured in a bump in the brooding chambers – half-buried in the vermiculite medium.

A dampened paper napkin was seldom set and remained on the peak of the clasp to limit the top eggs from growing dehydrated. The eggs are not in close touch with the vermiculite and seldom become dried out. The top eggs can obtain dampness from the soaked paper napkin, but, some become depressed and stay that approach during cultivation before bearing regularly. It looks that eggs will arrive a balance with their environments.

Abrupt transitions in the temperature and moisture management must have refrained throughout cultivation. The eggs on the base of the bump that is immersed in the vermiculite will likewise consume too abundant water and become bloated. It is much more comfortable to hatch eggs if they are distributed at setting and set into incubation separately. If one egg crumbles, it is natural to discard when they are isolated; if it is appended to the bump and perishes then, it may require to be cast away or abandoned in the site. Seldom eggs can get rotten and decay without harming adjacent eggs in the bump. At different events, contamination can increase from egg to egg and alter the whole bunch, with solely a little section of eggs hatching.

Offsprings are nurtured at 86 – 90 deg F.  The offsprings should not be interchanged throughout cultivation; if they are extracted from the tank, they must be installed back in the identical area with the inscribed surface upward. Offsprings can be separated from the cases and worked for examination without infliction to the nurturing eggs. An abrupt blow or a fast action of the embryos must have refrained.

Cases are not covered for culmination but are exposed constantly, once or twice, hebdomadal to examine embryos and discard a few that have perished. The oxygen in the case must be continually replaced by beckoning the cover over the embryos and altering the nurturing device. Water will move around the brooder chamber in acknowledgment of heat discrepancies, oftentimes expanding at the edges. Intermittent revising of the mechanism will refrain the vermiculite growing too bare around the embryos.


It is common for the embryos to miss damp and look baren in the latter two to three weeks of cultivation. It is not mandatory to supplement more liquid at this degree. To give loads of pure air for the offsprings, the case must be aired before offsprings initiate. When the prime embryo is carved by the egg-tooth of the initial serpent arising, then all the entire embryos are cracked, adopting an arched couple of nail shears. A tiny hole is created roughly 1 – 1.5 cm long on the peak of every embryo. The newborn may need one or two days to arise from the eggs following their cranial have emerged. The whole bump must bear inside a week.


Upon producing, all infants are transferred to different synthetic boxes covering 9 in long by 6in wide by 3 in high. Purifying passages are penetrated into the transparent synthetic covers. Vivarium sand is employed as an underlayer in these cases and replaced as needed. A tiny pliable water container is accepted, accompanying a part of Eucalypt skin as a lounging place.

Feeding does not endeavor until the infants hold their first marsh at approximately two weeks after-bearing. A few individuals will prefer real pink rodents as a prime feed; the rest will demand rodents perfumed with organic victim parts such as geckos and skinks. This snake seems to be more challenging to lure to receive pink rodents than other species of the same genus.

Several exemplars will need a real gecko or a skink to be brushed on a rodent before they will acquire it. Others demand a tiny cut if skink end nearly 0.20cm long to be installed in the jaws of a lifeless pink rodent before they will take it. Examples that ignore all meals are assist-fed on grown-up mice tails until they acquire their initial feeds.

Newborn eels were employed several ages ago until they grew unaccessible. They were a great introduction of meals for infant snakes, especially tiny lethal serpents.

Support feeding may be needed twice weekly for approximately 10-12 feeds continuously every growing Children’s Pythons will stuff independently. The remaining stubborn feeder will be supplied solely subsequent 6-8 weeks; every juvenile must be eagerly acquiring lifeless pink mice. Young culminating pythons are commonly filled one rodent twice weekly. The water container is replaced weekly beside the grown-up serpents.

Care Sheet


The Antaresia genus, which incorporates children’s stimsons, pygmy, and spotted snakes, are some of the littlest python species in the realm.

Grown children’s pythons need a place with a competent platform area as being essentially a mundane snake (territorial-dwelling), though, they will surmount if accorded the possibility. For one grown-up snake, a cage of 36 x 17 x 23 inches is suggested. Reproducing pythons must be held in a tinier room for their initial 10-12 months.

The room needs to possess adequate air-conditioning and safe, manageable access. The cage can be decorated to mimic the snake’s native habitat, including the convenience of an environment, synthetic bushes, stone decorations, and wood wings for escalating and lounging. A permeable underlayer is likewise essential such as coco fiber, mucus, or feline scattering.


The substrate may be any of various items, each of which is uniformly excellent. Keepers have assured of progress with wood peelings or even of compressed potting loam (the variety without the aeroboard supplements).

Hiding sections in the style of tiny, sunken woods, cholla succulent bones, or synthetic hide cases are stored in each enclosure.


Giving sufficient temperature inclinations inside a python’s cage is crucial for their wellness and fitness. Children’s pythons need a lounging area managed within 82-90˚F and a fresh end of 72-79˚F throughout the day. Evening temperatures must not descend beneath 70˚F. Temperatures must be monitored regularly and need to be controlled with the application of a suitable mark thermostat. Suggested origins of heat incorporate the application of ceramic globes, halogen, or incandescents as properly as heat rugs and heat fibers.


Living essentially nighttime species, ultraviolet light (UV) is not as required to children’s pythons as it does to different species of snake.

Pythons need a ‘day and evening’ series with lightning working for nearly 10-12 hours each time, fixed on a clock. Python likewise profits from brief terms of the path to the concentrated, direct light outside.

It is necessary to sustain high measures of sanitation and cleanliness inside the python’s cage. Regular ‘place examine’ must be brought out, and any wastes, discarded skin, or unconsumed food eliminated instantly. A complete underlayer replacement should be conducted t every 6-8 weeks (varying on what substrate is applied), and the cage completely washed with a snake-secure sterilizer.

Feeding & Diet

In the local, children’s pythons will feed upon a diversity of various creatures counting mice, fowl, and even bats. They are cunning, deception hunters and will consume whenever meat is possible.

In confinement, children’s pythons can be served on a scale of various foods hinging on their span and measurement.

A young python must be filled with a rightly sized mouse or rodent once a week. Grown children’s pythons can be supplied with a big rat or tiny vermin each two to three weeks. Menu items need to be thoroughly softened and heated (set in zip grip pouch in warm water) before being given to the serpent.

It is advised to serve confined pythons in an allocated nourishing bowl, detach to their natural cage. Conscious mice must never be administered to a python, as this serves several potential dangers to the snake.

It is a further reliable method to hold a document ledger of when a python swallows, what measurements of meat item it demands as well as when it discards its skin. Freshwater must also be prepared for the python at all seasons and replaced periodically.


Around $70 to $180, varying on the measurement (newly hatch are less costly than youngsters and grown-ups). Because these snakes have been held in confinement for several years, there is no demand for them to be obtained from the native for administration as pets. They are comparatively simple to reproduce, and hence, figures can be maintained by growers. In each nation, the rules for trading and delivery are distinctive.

Anyone 10 years and above can have a Children’s Python, though, guidance for kids is fundamental. It is profoundly suggested that possible serpent keepers discover out how to watch after and build-up for the snake before they purchase the serpent. Several people cause the blunder of obtaining a snake and uncover out next they need to spend a lot more cash to achieve the set-up. If the site of property cannot provide you all the data, communicate your neighborhood pet shop or a Herpetology association in your country.

Common Health Issues in Children’s Pythons


Reptile insects produce meaningful sensitivity to pythons. A python may immerse itself in its water container if it is crowded with bugs.

Dysecdysis (Unusual Peeling)

Low moisture balance can seldom occur in a python holding an ‘inadequate’ discard.

Respiratory Disease

A microbial or biological contamination that may be induced by inaccurate heat, incompetent air-conditioning, or too substantial moisture.

Red Signs

  • Lack of hunger
  • Constantly immersed in a water container
  • Panting noise when exhaling
  • Liquid or removal from mouth or noses
  • Loose bowels


The children’s python is classified as Least Concern in Queensland (Nature Conservation Act 1992), and it is regarded as a moderate preference beneath the department’s Back on Track species prioritization framework.

Presently, affiliates of the common society can have Children’s Pythons in Qld, ACT, NT, NSQ, SA, and Vic (but not WA or Tas). All nations have various permitting regulations and conditions. It is most beneficial to communicate the National Parks and Wildlife assistance in your country to attain out what you need to do. In NSW, reptiles can simply be purchased and traded secretly.

In WA, reptiles are not permitted to be held a secret, but the WA administration is acknowledging variations to this rule. They are currently attempting data from society in respects to these variations.

In Tasmania, only local Tasmanian reptiles can be stored. The introduction of local reptiles from other nations is not permitted. There is no direct project by the authority to modify this.

Fun Facts

  • Children’s pythons are pretty standard and can be seen in woodlands and rugged lands everywhere in northern Australia and the Torres Strait Islands.
  • These gorgeous small pythons usually develop to nearly 1 meter long.
  • They are night-loving predators and consume little reptiles, fowl, and creatures, particularly bats, which they take by dangling from stalactites in caverns. Like other pythons, they annihilate their victim by compression.
  • Children’s pythons didn’t take their pseudonym because they are excellent with minors (as much as they do), or because they consume kids (they don’t). They are identified following John Children, a guardian from the British Museum in the 1840’s.
  • At the mating season, the females produce 10-15 eggs. They envelop themselves encompassing the eggs to hold them heated and defend them from hunters. The kids have rich designs that disappear as they get maturer.
  • The upper and lower jawbone of a python does not “dislodge” as is generally accepted. Alternatively, the feed moves beneath this joint along the rear of the collar, which can increase immensely around the victim.


How lengthy will my Children’s Python savor?

They can exist 20+ years

How big will my Children’s Python grow?

They will stretch up to nearly 1 meter

What measurement of the container is suggested for my Children’s Python?

They need a place of at most limited 90 x 45 x 60cm

What does a Children’s Python eat?

Chilled rodents, mice, and quails.

How accessible is it to watch after a python?

They are a cheap sustaining pet

Do children’s pythons bite?

Although due to their diminutive stature and humble character, they are a pretty famous pet within the reptile lovers and likewise fit for kids. Even though they aren’t deadly serpents they can, however, produce an unpleasant bite

Are children’s pythons aggressive?

With this species, wounds are more general food-related rather than of an offensive or protective character.

Is a children’s python a good beginner snake?

Notwithstanding its alias, the Children’s Python is not a snake that consumes kids, nor is it a serpent more fit than others as a children’s pet.

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