Caring For Children’s Pythons: A Guide

Are you a reptile lover looking to add a new member to your collection? Consider the children’s python, a small and docile species native to Australia. These snakes make great pets for both beginner and experienced keepers, as they are easy to care for and have a calm demeanor.

In this comprehensive guide, we will cover all aspects of caring for these fascinating creatures. From setting up their enclosure to providing the right diet and maintaining proper temperature and humidity levels, we will provide you with all the information you need to ensure the health and happiness of your children’s python.

Whether you’re a seasoned snake owner or a first-time reptile keeper, this guide is here to help you provide the best care for your new pet.

So, let’s dive in and explore the world of children’s pythons!

Key Takeaways

  • Children’s pythons are small, nonvenomous snakes that are nocturnal and constrict their prey.
  • They require a dry, leafy environment with suitable substrate, temperature, and humidity, as well as standard lighting and a basking area with heat lamp and under-tank heat pad.
  • Breeding children’s pythons is relatively easy, but requires specific tank conditions and temperature changes.
  • When buying a children’s python, it is important to purchase from a reputable breeder and look for signs of good health such as clear eyes, smooth skin, clean vents, and a well-muscled body.

Species Profile

If you’re interested in caring for Children’s Pythons, it’s important to know that they are a small, nonvenomous snake from Australia with a nocturnal nature that preys by constriction. They have a slim body in cream, reddish-brown, light brown, and beige with dark brown markings. These markings help them blend into their natural habitat, which is primarily semi-arid regions, savannahs, and woodlands.

Children’s Pythons thrive in warm environments, so their enclosure needs to be kept between 75-85°F during the day and slightly cooler at night.

Diet and feeding habits are also important to consider when caring for Children’s Pythons. In captivity, they primarily eat mice and rats. It’s crucial to provide the correct size of prey that’s suitable for the size of the snake. Feeding needs to be done in a separate enclosure to avoid any substrate ingestion. Adult pythons usually eat once every 1-2 weeks.

It’s important to note that feeding time can be dangerous, so make sure to follow proper feeding procedures.

Enclosure Setup

To set up your Children’s Python’s enclosure, make sure to provide a dry, leafy environment with suitable substrate, temperature, and humidity. The right substrate options for your python’s enclosure are cypress mulch, shredded bark, and coconut terrain. These options allow for moisture retention and mimic their natural habitat. It’s important to avoid sand, gravel, or other rough substrates that can injure your python’s delicate skin.

Heating and lighting requirements are also crucial for your python’s health. They need standard lighting and a basking area with a heat lamp and under-tank heat pad. The enclosure temperature should be between 80-85°F during the day and 70-75°F at night. It’s important to note that the enclosure should not get too hot or too cold, as this can cause health issues. You can use a thermometer to monitor the temperature and make adjustments as necessary.

Providing the right environment for your Children’s Python is essential for their well-being and helps them thrive in captivity.

Breeding and Rearing

You can easily breed and rear Children’s Pythons in your own home using the right tank conditions and techniques.

Place a male and female python in a tank of at least 30 gallons and slowly lower the temperature over two months until the cool end is around 73°F and the warm end is around 82°F.

The snakes will mate in the cool end, but male pythons will refuse food during mating while females should eat as normal.

Once mating is complete, gradually increase the temperature back to normal. If the female is gravid, she won’t feed, so provide a nesting box lined with sphagnum moss.

After laying eggs, remove them and incubate them at 90°F with high humidity.

Check the eggs weekly and remove any black or moldy eggs.

Once the neonates hatch, place them in individual shoebox-sized enclosures.

Offer them their first pinky mice after a week, and once they’re feeding regularly, increase their enclosure size to 10 gallons.

With these simple techniques, you can successfully breed and rear Children’s Pythons.

Frequently Asked Questions

How often should you handle a Children’s Python?

Contrary to popular belief, handling a Children’s Python frequently is not necessary for taming. Consistent, gentle handling for 10-15 minutes a few times a week is sufficient. Avoid touching their head as they dislike it.

What are some common health problems that can affect Children’s Pythons and how can they be prevented?

To prevent health problems in Children’s Pythons, ensure their nutrition requirements are met and their environment is clean and suitable. Watch for signs of respiratory infections and snake mites, and quarantine new snakes before introducing them to others.

Do Children’s Pythons require any special supplements or vitamins in their diet?

Surprisingly, Children’s Pythons don’t require any special supplements or vitamins in their diet. However, it’s important to maintain a regular feeding schedule with appropriately sized prey to ensure their health and wellbeing.

Can Children’s Pythons be housed with other snake species?

Snake compatibility varies between species and should be researched thoroughly before attempting to house different snakes together. Socialization techniques can be used with some species, but caution should always be taken to avoid aggression and stress.

What is the best way to transport a Children’s Python if you need to move them to a new location?

Transporting your Children’s Python can be as delicate as carrying a newborn. Proper restraint, stress reduction techniques, and choosing the right type of carrier are crucial. A pillowcase or snake bag can work well.


Congratulations, you’re now equipped with all the knowledge you need to properly care for your children’s python! Remember, these fascinating creatures require a specific environment to thrive, so be sure to provide them with a suitable enclosure that mimics their natural habitat.

Keep their substrate clean and dry, and maintain the proper temperature and humidity levels to ensure their health and happiness. When it comes to feeding, children’s pythons are relatively easy to care for.

They’re small snakes that primarily eat mice, so be sure to provide them with appropriately sized prey. If you’re considering breeding your pythons, make sure you do your research and have a solid understanding of their reproductive habits.

With proper care and attention, your children’s python can live a long and healthy life, bringing joy and wonder to your household for years to come. As the saying goes, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

By following the advice in this guide, you can prevent potential health issues and ensure that your children’s python thrives in their new home. With patience and dedication, you can build a strong bond with your snake and enjoy the unique experience of being a reptile owner.

So go ahead and get started on your new adventure – your children’s python is waiting for you!

Alain Grant

I'm Alain, a passionate reptile enthusiast and the creator Reptilebehavior.com. A blog sharing my 15 years of hands-on experience in caring for reptiles, my goal is to provide valuable insights, practical tips, and reliable information to fellow reptile lovers. Contact me at alain@reptilebehavior.com for assistance.

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