Heating and Light for Your Snake

Heating and light for your Chondro Python are very important considerations. Below are the recommendations.

Heating

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.

Lighting

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 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!