How to Breed Jungle Carpet Pythons

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How to Breed Jungle Carpet Pythons
Breeding your jungle carpet pythons requires some minor preperations. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

The jungle carpet python comes from the rainforests of Northern Australia and can grow up to 8 feet long. It is a popular pet with snake enthusiasts since it is nonpoisonous and has a beautiful bright yellow pattern covering it's entire body. If you want to breed this python, here are some steps to follow.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Python enclosure
  • Heating Lamp
  • Food
  • Separate cage

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  1. 1

    Lower the temperature of the python enclosure at night to around 12.7 to 15.5 degrees Cor two or three months before the breeding. This will generally be in December, January and February. These low temperatures will assist the production of sperm in the males and ovulation in the females. During the day, keep the temperature at around 32.2 degrees C.

    How to Breed Jungle Carpet Pythons
    Lowering the temperature will kick-start the python breeding cycle. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)
  2. 2

    Reduce the amount of food you give to your pythons in the months and weeks leading up to breeding. Male breeder snakes do not need to be fed at all for the three months leading up to breeding. Females should also be fed much less, maybe once a month. In the days leading up to breeding, begin to feed the females large meals every couple of days and the males about once a week.

  3. 3

    Keep the male and female python together during the breeding period. Breeding can take weeks to occur so wait and observe. If your snakes seem uninterested in each other, you have two options. First, remove the female and reintroduce her to the cage a few days later. If this does not work, put another male snake in the cage, or a males shed skin. This will definitely prompt the male into action and two male snakes will actually fight for mating rights. Look for a large swelling in the middle of the female as a sign of pregnancy.

    How to Breed Jungle Carpet Pythons
    Male snakes love to fight over their women. (Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images)
  4. 4

    Remove your female jungle carpet python to a separate enclosure when she is pregnant. The female cage will need water, warmth, and a place for her to hide and to lay her eggs. Observe her for any signs of distress. She will usually dig a small hole to lay the eggs in a couple of days before the birth actually takes place. Once the eggs are laid, they will take a couple of months to hatch.

Tips and warnings

  • If you put two breeding males together, be very careful and observe them constantly. Fights can help breeding but can also be fatal to the snakes. If the fight becomes two intense, separate them immediately.

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