Housing Your Snake

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.

The Chondro Python

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.