Tuesday, April 30, 2013

World’s cutest python

World's cutest hair accessory?


I used to be frightened of snakes...but now I’ve grown up I count many herpetologists among my best friends and I have found them one of the most fascinating species to interact with. This baby green tree python, being cared for at the Ark Animal Hospital, made its way into my hair and acted like an impromptu hair tie. Eat your heart out scrunchies!
Extreme close up: note the elegant sheets of skin this little dude has been shedding, just hanging from the branch like a cardigan.

4 comments:

  1. Is it true that snakes living in captivity get constipated? If yes, is it caused by diet, or by lack of physical activity? Or both. And, is it true that letting your snakes swim (in the bathtub) can help relieve their constipation?

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    1. Mostly only wild snakes get constipated in captivity, this is because of stress, captive bred snakes normally don't get constipated, mine don't anyways

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  2. Hi Ljudmila

    Yes, constipation is common in snakes...allowing them to stretch out and move helps. There is a large anaconda living at a park in the NT who is carried (via a crate) by FIVE MEN to the oval to allow it to stretch out so it can go to the toilet. It is literally walked around the oval. For snakes, keeping their gut moving is a challenge hence the importance of keeping them at the right temperature and watching their intake/output.

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    1. Oh, yeah I guess with larger snakes it is more common, I have only kept ball pythons and small boas, with they're cage sizes and my frequent handling the only time they won't evacuate they're contents is right before a shed cycle

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