The Angolan Dwarf python care sheet that covers the majority of what you need to know to properly care for your Angolan Python. If you require additional information beyond what we have here, or if you have an emergency, there are advanced resources, as well as expert support information at the bottom of this page.
Angolan Dwarf Python Facts
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Where do Angolan Pythons come from?
The natural habitat for an Angolan Dwarf Python in the wild in in Africa which is their typical native land, Angola and Namibia to be specific which includes also very dry areas with lots of sand and rocks around. Angolan Pythons are from the constrictor family which means they squeeze their prey after striking, latch on to it and will continue to constrict until they are completely sure that their prey is dead.
What type of environment do Angolan Pythons live in?
The areas these pythons inhabits usually receives only about 4-8 inches of rainfall a year, and extreme temperature changes that ranges from below freezing on night time and on most specially during the winter months; and skyrocketing to a blistering 120 degrees F or more at times during the hot summer days.
Where can I buy an Angolan Dwarf Python?
It is important to note that an Angolan Dwarf Python is not a common snake that can be seen on pet trades due to the civil wars that plagues the regions they usually inhabit. They are much similar to their cousin the royal pythons having to adapt quickly and make easy pets. They can be bought if they are available, the problem is they are so difficult locate. Some breeders might have a few that are available and very rarely held pet conventions might also have a couple and but if you do find one consider yourself a lucky. Due to the circumstances of their natural habitat these snakes are listed in Appendix II of the Cites Agreement, stating that the pythons that comes in are from legal reasons to help prolong the survival of these type of snakes.
Angolan Dwarf Python Diet
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Angolan Dwarf Python Handling and Behavior
How do I hold an Angolan Dwarf Python?
Like any other snake you always want to be cautious of their head, and by nature these are considered docile snakes but never guarantees that the python is safe or harmless; make sure to always show a high level of concentration and respect to these animal. You would want your front hand to be somewhere on the top third of the pythons body and with your other hand on about a third on the way down to distribute the weight of the snake evenly. Be sure to have a loose grip and give the python as much mobility as possible. NEVER let your python coil itself around your neck for your sake because this could be fatal specially from a full grown snake.
Is an Angolan Dwarf Python a good pet for me?
Angolan Dwarf Pythons are pets considered very easy to handle if you can get your hands on one. They are comparable to a ball python that they are considered docile snakes that are generally calm. They live up to a moderate age and are believed to be good pythons to have if you like handling snakes. Again, be cautious and show respect whenever dealing or handling a python. These type of snake species are so alert and curious that will often wrap their coils around your arm or leg and explore their surroundings.
Keep in mind that all snakes are unpredictable and have a sense of what’s going on on their environment. They quickly learn habits such as when or what time will be feeding them. To avoid the snake holding and interacting by mistake during feeding time it is important to mix up your two routines. If you are just strictly going to feed your snake then approach the cage and hold the python, because we’ll never know that one day it might mistakenly see your hand as a mouse. Always watch for your snakes behavior and how it is acting, if you are really involved with your python then you will know when it is looking defensive or hungry. A HUNGRY SNAKE IS A DANGEROUS SNAKE, so never underfeed your snakes.
Angolan Dwarf Python Shedding
Does and Angolan Dwarf Python Shed?
All snakes shed their skin, it is a part of their growing process. The Angolan Python like most snakes will shed quite a bit in its first year and then slowly decrease the amount of times for the process to take place as years passes by. The python should be shedding leaving behind one complete shed skin, however, if it doesn’t then you should consult a vet just to make sure that there wouldn’t be any future health problems with your python.
How often will an Angolan Dwarf Python shed?
The Angolan Dwarf Python will shed numerous times on its first year due to growth spurts, and 1-3 times a year after the first year.
My Angolan Dwarf Python is shedding what do I do?
During the shedding cycle it is important that you do not feed or handle your pythons, because this is a stressful period for the snake. Make sure they have a shallow soaking bowl to help them shed if you feel that one will be needed. The shedding periods vary and would typically take 7-10 days to complete the full shedding or it may sometimes be sooner. The best way to ensure a good shed is providing proper nutrition and clean enclosure conditions.
Angolan Dwarf Python Habitat Setup
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Angolan Dwarf Python Health Concerns
Is my Angolan Dwarf Python sick?
Not much is known about this particular species as far as health issue is. However, you want to make sure your snake is not lethargic for this is a sign wherein it has infection or disease that could be disturbing your Angolan Dwarf Python. Watch for regular shedding cycles and make sure that the skin is not sticking out on its body, the cause could have been that the enclosure is too dry and has low humidity level. The Angolan Dwarf Python is used to low humidity because of its natural habitat of being out in the desert, try adjusting the humidity or increasing it to help the snake shed without discomfort. Never feed a python a prey that is too big, this could have devastating consequences to the python.
- Basic signs of a healthy python: Eating regularly, good skin tone and color, shiny eyes (except during shedding cycles), no mucus coming out from its nose or eyes, having a good width, active and moving constantly when not coiled or sleeping.
- Basic signs of a sick python: Lethargic and not moving much, not eating regularly, not shedding properly (skin is breaking off or sticking out from the pythons body), mucus coming out from its nose and eyes, not producing fecal matter.
Angolan Dwarf Python Breeding and Baby Care
How do I breed an Angolan Dwarf Python?
Due to these animals being so rare there is not much information out there about breeding. Angolan Dwarf Pythons at an average reach their maturity at 3-4 years of age. There are people who breed them in captivity. They mate between October through December when the temperature starts to drop and are fairly easy to breed in captivity. The female usually lays between 5-12 eggs and at an early age the babies feeds almost instantly and grows at a medium phase.
Angolan Dwarf Python Expected Life Span
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Angolan Dwarf Python Size and Weight
How big will an Angolan Dwarf Python get?
Angolan Dwarf Python Average Price
How much does an Angolan Dwarf Python cost?
Because of the rareness of this species and how hard it is to obtain one due to their protected classifications and the fact that their habitat has been frequently disturbed by civil wars so if you can get one then consider yourself lucky. They obtain similar characteristics of a ball python but does have a unique pattern and scale design to their skin or body. The average cost would be around 1500$-2500$ depending on its size and patterns.
Angolan Dwarf Python Books
Are there any good books on Angolan Dwarf Pythons?
These are some of the top-rated books available for Angolan Dwarf Python care. If you are planning to invest in Angolan Dwarf Python, we highly recommend grabbing at least one of these:
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