A Guide to Australian Pythons in Captivity

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Extensive aspects—400 images cover captive care, species and subspecies—all in individual chapters. Handling, housing, temperature, thermoregulation, lighting, humidity, feeding, breeding—gravid females, egg-laying and incubation and health & diseases. General management...
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Extensive aspects—400 images cover captive care, species and subspecies—all in individual chapters. Handling, housing, temperature, thermoregulation, lighting, humidity, feeding, breeding—gravid females, egg-laying and incubation and health & diseases.

General management includes selection, handling, housing, temperature, thermoregulation, lighting, humidity and feeding—what to feed, nutrition, how to feed and feeding problem, breeding including gravid females, egg-laying and incubation. 

KEY POINTS

What to Look for When Choosing a Healthy Python

Python Enclosures and Furnishings

The Importance of Lighting, Heating and Humidity

Temperature and Thermoregulation

Feeding—What Food, When and How to Feed, Feeding Problems

Breeding—Courtship and Mating, Gravid Females, Egg-laying and Incubation

Health and Diseases Chapter by Exotic Veterinarian

Written by Adam Elliott, with contributing authors, Dr Robert Johnson presenting the Health and Disease chapter, and Dr Justin Julander presenting the Taxonomy, Hybridisation and Morphs sections the information is aimed at the novice to medium-skilled keeper.
The health and diseases chapter equip the keeper with the basics of maintaining a healthy collection to prevent sickness and details on how to recognise disease with an overview of common infectious and non-infectious ailments. 
The 18 species and subspecies of pythons kept in captivity in Australia are presented in individual chapters detailing description, distribution maps and wild habitat. In captivity the topics of housing, diet, breeding biology and ease of keeping are presented for each species.