A reticulated python.
There are 25 known species of pythons in the world. Like all snakes, pythons are cold-blooded. Pythons are not poisonous; they kill their prey by constriction. Some of the different types of pythons are the reticulated python, the ball python, the Burmese python, the green tree python, and the carpet python. While some of these species should not be kept in captivity by a non-professional, other types of pythons can make good pets.
A python ball.
The rug python is a type of python that is usually kept as a pet. Within the carpet species, there are several different types that come in varying colors. For example, the northern carpet python can be dark brown with brown spots, while the jungle carpet python can be black with golden yellow spots. This type of python can reach lengths of five to 10 feet (about 1.5-3.0 m), depending on the type, and can climb trees. It eats small mammals such as mice and rabbits, and it can even eat chickens. It is native to Australia and New Guinea.
An albino Burmese python.
Another type of pythons is a green python. This snake can be found in Papua and Iran Jaya, New Guinea, and also in Cape York Peninsula, Australia. It can grow up to six feet (about 1.8 m) and feeds on rodents and birds. It is usually born yellow, but with maturation it can change to green. Some types may also have blue spots or remain yellow.
A green tree python.
The ball python, also called the royal python, is another snake that can be kept as a pet as long as it has the proper export permits. It is a black snake with brown, gold or yellow spots. The snake can live up to 50 years in captivity, although it typically only lives between 20-30 years and can reach around 1.5 m in length. The python ball gets its name because of how it reacts when it gets scared. When threatened, it curls into a ball.
A carpet python.
The ball python has its origins in West and Central Africa, where it can climb trees. As this is an endangered species, exporters must have a license to ship out of their homeland. The snake can eat many types of small rodents. In captivity, smaller snakes can eat mice. Larger snakes can eat mice several inches long or even gerbils. When breeding in captivity, the snake can lay six or seven eggs.
A Burmese python is one of the largest pythons. It can grow up to 23 feet (about 7 m) in length and weigh up to 200 pounds (about 90 kg). The female can lay up to 100 eggs at a time. Some of their prey include small mammals and birds. Although it is docile, it is known to attack its handlers. It is native to Southeast Asia, where it can swim and, during its youth, live in trees.
A reticulated python is not recommended to be kept as a pet because it is too large. It is seen as the longest snake in the world; it is longer than an anaconda. This snake can grow up to 35 feet (about 10.6 m) in length. The snake’s temperament may depend on its origin. Some types of these snakes, such as those of Lesser Sundas and Thailand, can be more docile, while others, such as those found on the Sulawesi Islands, can be more aggressive. He can eat birds as well as dogs and pigs – and sometimes people.