Water and humidity is one of the most important environmental necessities for the Chondro Python, and one that most people tend to be confused about. Anytime you are considering keeping a snake, it is best to research where the originate from and the habitat it lives in. Once you know this information, try to recreate that environment for the snake in your enclosure as much as you can.
The Chondro Python comes from the rain forests of New Guinea and Australia. The rain forest has a very high level of humidity all year long. That humidity does fluctuates, though, from month to month and from day to night. Because of this, it is not required to keep an exact level of humidity at all times. Instead, it is more important to fluctuate the level of humidity and offer the Chondro Python places that are dry and those with a high humidity.
The level of humidity in the enclosure can vary a lot depending on the ventilation and the temperature in the environment. Having an enclosure that always stay high in humidity will damage a Chondro Python quicker than an enclosure that dries out too quickly. In other words, you do not need to keep a high level of humidity for the snake at all times but, instead, provide a period of high humidity every couple of days then let it dry out slowly. An easy way to do this is by misting the cage and the substrate occasionally. You want to ensure that the cage itself doesn’t stay too wet also. Having water sitting on the bottom of the enclosure is a horrible idea.
The Chondro Python is rarely seen drinking directly from a bowl. Instead, they prefer to drink the drops of water when you mist the cage or from your water dripping system. If you change their water frequently, though, they may drink from the water bowl, but I would suggest, instead, that you provide a water dripping system for them to keep them drinking fresh water.
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Heating and light for your Chondro Python are very important considerations. Below are the recommendations.
Chondro Pythons need to have a thermal gradient in their enclosure, meaning that the temperature should change slightly throughout their environment. They will move around until they find the temperature they need. The warmer end should be between 86 and 90 degrees, with the cooler end being between 75 and 78 degrees. The air temperature should stay between 84 and 86 degrees at all times.
The best way to heat the enclosure is with a ceramic heater. These heaters don’t add light to the enclosure, so that will have to be added separately. Always use a thermostat to keep the temperature regulated.
Other ways to heat the enclosure are heat mats, spot bulbs, and power plates. Each of these has their good and bad points but, for a large enclosure, nothing works as well as the ceramic heaters in my opinion.
The Chondro Python is a nocturnal snake, meaning it prefers to come out at night. In the wild, this is when their prey is awake and their predators are asleep. This doesn’t mean you will never see them out when it is light, though. Many times they can be seen basking in the sun in the wild. With this in mind, you should offer them a light source.
Adding artificial light to the enclosure is a great addition for the snake and it makes it more appealing to you for viewing. The Chondro will adjust their own wake and sleep times based on when you have the lights on and off.
Chondro Pythons do not need any kind of special lighting for the enclosure. You can get a WhitePython LED light for the enclosure that will provide plenty of light and use little electricity. The benefit of these lights is that they are small and don’t take up much room in your enclosure. If you are more interested in seeing your snake move around in the dark, you can choose to use a Nighttime Red or Moonlight Blue LED light in the enclosure.
Adding decor to your terrarium has two benefits. It provides more cover for your snake and allows for more viewing pleasure for you. The main thing, though, when choosing your decor is to consider the snake’s safety. Whatever you decide to use, be certain it is fixed securely. Also, ensure that rocks or anything else heavy will not be able to fall and hurt or kill your snake. Be sure everything you use in the enclosure is free of parasites. If you bring anything in from outside, clean it well first.
If you are using an enclosure that is large, you will need to provide a lot of cover and areas to hide. The Chondro Python does not like to hide inside or under things like most snakes, but prefers to sit on a limb that is hidden by foliage or up close to the sides of the enclosure. You can find many brands of decor and fake plants that are safe for your snake and attractive at most local pet stores. Look into cork bark to add to your enclosure since it makes a great cover for reptiles and is completely natural. Keep in mind, when considering what size enclosure you want to use, that the more space you have, the more areas for hiding that you will need to provide. There are not a specific number of hiding areas you will need for the Chondro Python, but they need several areas where they can “sit” around inside the enclosure.
Try to avoid using the fake backgrounds that you often see on aquariums. Not only do they look tacky, but they really serve no purpose to the snake. Instead, add more interesting items to bring more colors to the environment.
When decorating your snake’s cage, never use any kind of sticky tape. Take this from my experience…pulling tape off of a snake is not an easy job!
If you have decided to keep a snake as a pet, you will want to be able to see the snake in a surrounding that is the most natural for them that you can offer. This is not only better for the snake’s condition, but will be more pleasing aesthetically to you. If a snake is comfortable in their environment, they will eat and grow better. It is preferable to use a large terrarium so you can add more interest to the life of the snake through adding natural products like branches that will enhance the snake’s life and keep them from becoming overweight and lethargic.
Be sure to provide enough space for your snake, but also not way too big. Many people opt for a vertical shaped vivarium over a horizontal one. The Chondro is a timid snake and prefers to feel secure. If the space is too big, the snake may be scared. If it is too small, though, the snake will not be able to exercise enough. Young snakes need to start out in a smaller enclosure. As they grow, move them to something bigger.
There are many materials your snake enclosure can be crafted from. For younger snakes, an aquarium should work fine. You will want a special lid, though, instead of using the one that usually comes with the aquarium. For larger snakes, melamine coated wood is typically used. The wood is on the sides then the front has a sliding glass door. When you are considering the enclosure to use for your snake, keep the 6 “SSSHHH” factors in mind:
- Safety: Are the items inside the enclosure, and the enclosure itself, safe for the snake and the owner?
- Security: Are there any small holes or cavities that the snake can escape through?
- Sizing: Is the enclosure the best size for your snake?
- Heat: Can you regulate the temperature in the enclosure well?
- Humidity: Can the enclosure hold up in the humid conditions needed for the snake? Does is provide sufficient ventilation?
- Hygiene: Can you easily clean the enclosure?
Because of their popularity, there are specialty vivariums designed specifically for the Chondro Python. Most of these are make with fiberglass or plastic. Figure out which will work best for you and your snake before you purchase an enclosure.
Have you looked into getting a pet Chondro before? They are quite the gorgeous snake! Maybe you are in the learning stages about snakes in general or this particular breed. If so, below is some information to get you more familiar with the Chondros snake.
The Chondros is more commonly known as a green tree python, or GTP. Their former genus is Chondropython, which is where they get their name “Chondros” from.
The green tree python is typically the color of lime green. The color can vary, though, from light or dark. It’s belly is a cream or light white color. This sometimes leads people to think they are a different species of snake. Occasionally, they may have a blue tint on the belly as well.
The Chondros has a slim body for a snake. Their tale alone is counts for about fourteen percent of their body length. They have a large head that is clearly defined from their neck. They have a large, angular snout. The Chondros has a visible spine and their body is in cross sections of triangles. They are usually between five and six feet in length, but the larger females can grow up to 6.6 feet. Their size is mostly dependent on where they came from and their nutrition.
The Green tree python is naturally arboreal, spending most of their day high in the trees, curled around the branches with its head resting on its own coils. It has a strong tail that helps is to stay in that position for long periods of time. It is a nocturnal hunter and uses its thermo sensory pits, or heat sensors, to track its warm blooded prey. The Chondro has been known to wiggle its tail around to bring curious animals closer before they strike. They then use their huge front teeth to hold on tight to the prey they have caught.
They are a very intriguing snake, and quite beautiful to behold.