Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The World’s Most Colorful Large Snakes for Pets

Extra large snakes are popular attractions in zoos from around the world. There are several large snake species to choose from but only a few are brightly colored although most of them are uniquely patterned.

Here are the most colorful large snakes in the world for pet.

Albino Burmese Python (Python molurus bivittatus)

The Albino Burmese Python is one of the most beautiful large snakes in the world. It is also one of the largest and native to Southeast Asia. It can grow to a length of up to 19 ft or 5.8 meters.

Brazilian Rainbow Boa (Epicrates cenchria cenchria)

The Brazilian Rainbow Boa is a large colorful snake native to Brazil. It was commonly name Brazilian Rainbow Boa for its vivid and bright coloration. This exotic pet is not advisable for beginners. Young specimens will often bite, but tend to calm down as they become more used to handling.

Peruvian Rainbow Boa (Epicrates cenchria)

Another very colorful large snake is the Peruvian Rainbow Boa of Peru in South America.

Green Tree Python (Morelia viridis)

The Green Tree Python is a large bright green snake with white spots. This beautiful snake is endemic to Indonesia and New Guinea and part of Australia. It can grow up to 200 cm or 6.6 ft in length. It feeds on small mammals, such as rodents, and sometimes reptiles.

Boelen Python (Morelia boeleni)

This colorful large snake is commonly known as Boelen Python. This huge non-venomous snake is native to New Guinea. This beautiful snake is considered to be highly desirable by private keepers due to its beauty, but is also exceptionally rare in collections

Diamond Python (Morelia spilota spilota)

The Diamond Python is a large snake of Australia. It was commonly named Diamond Python due to the presence of numerous clusters of yellow/cream scales that form 'rosettes' that look a bit like diamonds. It can grow up to 4 meters in length and is commonly kept in captivity by collectors in Australia and around the world. Its diet includes rats and other rodents

Macklot's Python (Liasis mackloti savuensis)

Macklot's Python is a non-venomous subspecies endemic to Indonesia. Prospective owners should remember that this huge snake has a reputation for being an irritable snake. It can grow up to Adults may grow to 7 feet or 213 cm in length or longer. This colorful snake breeds easily in captivity.

Caramel Burmese Python (Python molurus bivittatus)

Burmese Python grow fast. In a span of 1 year it could attain a length of 7 ft. It is often sold as pet and is made popular by its attractive color and apparently easy-going nature. This powerful snake also consumes large amount of food and due to its size it requires large, often custom-built, secure enclosure, which can be very expensive.

Reticulated Python (Python reticulatus)

The world’s longest snake and reptile, Python reticulates of Southeast Asia, is often kept as exotic pet for its beautiful markings or patterns. It can grow up to a length of 28 ft or 8.7 meters. This non-venomous snake is normally not considered dangerous to humans. Reticulated Python as a pet is not recommended to amateurs.

Emerald Tree Boa (Corallus caninus)

Emereald Tree Boa, which resembles the Green Tree Python, is a large brightly colored snake often kept as an exotic pet. This non-venomous snake is native to South America and can grow up to 6 ft or 1.8 meters in length.

It is distinguished from the Green Tree Python for its white irregular interrupted zigzag stripe or so-called 'lightning bolts' down the back and a yellow belly. It feeds mostly on small mammals, but they have been known to eat some smaller bird species as well as lizards and frogs.

Angolan Dwarf Python (Python anchietae)

Although the common name of Python anchietae is Dwarf Angolan Python, this snake can grow up to 6 ft in length. It is native to Angola and Namibia in Africa.  This reddish-brown bulky snake with yellow belly is a non-venomous one which is a rare species seldom seen in the wild or in captivity. It is the only known python to have "bead-like" scales and its diet consists of small mammals and birds. It was once one of the most expensive pet with a price of more than $20,000 USD. Today, it can be purchased for as little as $1,000.

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