About Reticulated Pythons
Reticulated pythons originate from South and Southeast Asia. They are a beautiful species of python that is becoming more popular and more readily available in the hobby. There are three types of reticulated pythons available in the hobby.
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Reticulated Python Care
All three types have the exact same care the only big difference is the size of the enclosure each type requires. Reticulated pythons require a hotspot of 33 degrees Celsius and a cool spot of 24 degrees Celsius. UVB isn’t required however it is highly beneficial. Reticulated pythons like to be kept with a higher humidity so we would personally recommend keeping them on bark or soil however people have kept them on newspaper and lignocel with no issues.
Reticulated pythons genuinely have a very good nature and normally don’t bite however many are known to be ‘food aggressive’. This means that they have a high feeding response and any type of quick movement or touching them they will associate with food and bite. This is nothing to worry about as it is very easy to overcome. Many keepers ‘tap train’ there animals so they know it’s not feeding time.
Tap training requires you to tap the animal with a snake hook or something similar. With this they will know that they are not going to be fed and from then on they are fine to pick up. This should be done every time you are going to get the animal out to handle. The other method is to just simply spray them in the face. They will back up and allow you to pick them up. Reticulated pythons come in a variety of morphs giving you plenty of options to choose from.