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Animal Scene - 2021-09-01

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PROVIDING A HOME

SCALY SPECIAL

Feeding Burmese Pythons of any color or pattern can be a challenge for someone without much experience, as they feed on a heavy diet of live animals. “They are carnivores – in the wild, they prey on small mammals and birds,” explains So. “In my opinion, baby Burmese Pythons should eat mice in captivity. As they grow, you could increase the number of mice, large rats, or small rabbits. Large snakes can eat a whole chicken, a large rabbit or even a small pig,” he says. Fortunately, Burmese Pythons are not shrinking violets. “They are hardy animals,” says So, “and can be easily raised.” A single 55-gallon tank works for younger snakes. However, as they grow in size, they will need larger and stronger enclosures. Custom-built wood and Plexiglass cages or a large closet or room can be good options for a Burmese python. These snakes are well-known for being escape artists and are quite strong. This is why their housing must be substantial — at least 8 feet long, 4 feet wide, and 4 feet tall, strong, and very secure. For younger snakes, a half log or other hide will work, but as they grow, you will have to be more creative. Plastic storage bins make good hides for larger snakes.

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