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Animal Scene - 2021-09-01

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PROBLEM SOLVING

SCALY SPECIAL

WEIGHT ISSUES “I’ve noticed that the problems raising this species in captivity are, first, obesity. They are good eaters; some keepers feed them multiple times a week – this is not ideal. And if you keep your Burmese Python in a small enclosure, lack of exercise would also lead to obesity.” A sizable enclosure should remedy this problem. RESPIRATORY INFECTION “Second,” says So, “is respiratory infection. They are cold blooded animals that depend on heat to digest their food. In the wild, they would bask in the sun. In captivity, I noticed a lot of keepers do not put any heating lamp or pads during the cold season that leads to respiratory problems.” Even though we live in a tropical climate, do not forget to give your Burmese python adequate heating. SUBSTRATE SELECTION “Clean substrate and water should always be applied,” says So. (Substrate is the term for the bedding or lining used at the bottom of a snake’s enclosure.) For hatchlings, use paper towels or unprinted paper as substrate to line the enclosure. For bigger snakes, indoor/outdoor carpeting is easier to maintain; keep a few pieces on hand and switch them out when it is time to clean and disinfect. You can also cut linoleum sheets to size; they are easy to clean and disinfect, according to a 2021 article by Lianne Mcleod for The Spruce Pets.

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