Ringed Python, also known as the Bismark Ringed Python comes from
the Bismark Archipelago, a chain of small islands off the eastern
coast of Papua New Guinea.
is a medium size python reaching a maximum length of about six feet,
they have fairly slender bodies and small heads for a python this
The pattern can be quite
variable ranging from alternating bands of black and orange to an
almost complete lack of black markings or they can have striped
color of the babies is an absolutely spectacular flourescent orange
against a velvet black. Unfortunately this only last about six months
before they undergo an ontogenetic color change as they mature.
Adult color is usually an orange brown or brown against black, still
they are very attractive snakes with a very iridescent sheen and
their heads appearing as if dipped into black laquer.
pythons are very easy to maintain, they are terrestrial in habit
so they dont need much vertical space. I keep mine on about 2" of
aspen bedding, into which they like to borrow. I also supply them
with a plastic hide box loosely filled with moist sphagnum moss.
They are a thin skinned species like reticulated and white lipped
pythons and have trouble shedding if conditions are to dry.
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