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Diamond Python (Morelia spilota spilota)
Diamonds are not just "a girl's best friend" anymore! Diamond Pythons are by far the most beautiful python species in the world! These snakes are absolutely phenomenal with their signature black and yellow or black and white coloration.
These snakes grow to a size of 6 feet to an amazing 9 feet in length, though most are in the lower range of that size.
Diamond Pythons are often found in, on or near human dwellings. Can you imagine waking up to a diamond in the rafters? (I know I can). They are also found in dry wooded areas, forests and rocky regions.
Males are usually much smaller than females, and interestingly, are not known to have male to male combat behavior, as seen in others of the Carpet Python group. Instead, these pythons are found in breeding congregations with multiple males vying for the attention of a single female.
These pythons have proven to be a bit more particular for many keepers. To this day, they are not regularly kept or bred by many people due to a lack of reproductive success and finicky husbandry. However, I truly believe these snakes are relatively easy pythons to work with when some modifications to commonly accepted python husbandry methods are considered.
Many of the temperature, lighting, humidity, feeding, and cycling regimens acceptable to other, more prolific pythons are simply of no use here (in fact, all species of snakes in captivity would benefit from a re-evaluation of accepted husbandry parameters). I truly feel that more success would be had with this, and many other snake species, if temperature regimens were turned down, feeding regimens were more seasonal, humidity levels were worried about less, and people just let snakes be snakes.
Snakes are opportunistic hunters, waterers, breeders and vacationers. Snakes need down-time and it's apparent to me that we, as keepers, try to force the above behaviors onto our captives. If we let our snakes be snakes, we would all lead happier and more successful lives as snakes and snake-keepers!