I believe I have decided upon a carpet python as one of the snakes for the reptile exhibit. I have never had experience with this species and had read in a couple of sources that they are actually fairly docile. Is this correct? Are they generally a shy snake or would they be more likely to stay out in the open? I haven't completely made up my mind yet, wanted to get some hand's on experiences from a few of ya'll. And of course, if anyone has any suggestions on a good breeder of nice jungle carpets, would love to hear of them.
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I believe I have decided upon a carpet python as one of the snakes for the reptile exhibit. I have ... course, if anyone has any suggestions on a good breeder of nice jungle carpets, would love to hear of them.

Carpet python...
Is that anything like a pants python or trouser snake???

Just kidding. ;-)

Om.
"My mother never saw the irony in calling me a son-of-a-***." -Jack Nicholson
I just got two carpet pythons this year. My '04 female jungle is easy to handle, although she's a pain in the butt about eating sometimes. She'll skip a meal here and there.
My older, rescue male is a coastal. He's not used to being handled, so he flails around. Has never attempted to bite while handled, but I still keep him away from my head and face. He's very shy, and will strike when in his enclosure.
Inland Empire Reptile breeders had some sweet jungles-they are where I got mine. I don't think they have any like mine anymore. Here's the link to my site for photos: http://chaoscat.lowerground.net/herps/

-cat
I believe I have decided upon a carpet python as one of the snakes for

That's a nice cheynei LG, looks like the breeders are keen on keeping the lines pure.
Checked out their site frogz and if the rest of their animals hold true to that jungles lineage one of the best looking/placid of our Morelia sp are the Centralians (Morelia spilota bredli).
That's a nice cheynei LG, looks like the breeders are keen on keeping the lines pure. Checked out their site ... true to that jungles lineage one of the best looking/placid of our Morelia sp are the Centralians (Morelia spilota bredli).

Thanks to both of you! They look great. Too bad they don't have photos of the carpets they have for sale. I am emailing them, so maybe we can work something out. The problem is, I need older snakes that have some size to them. The public just isn't interested in seeing babies. They do have an '03 pair...so maybe I will get lucky and they will be the size and coloration that I am looking for! I love their dedication to the bloodlines... it's especially helpful when I am setting up exhibits, to be able to say that this snake comes from this exact area of Australia!
I believe I have decided upon a carpet python as one of the snakes for the reptile exhibit. I have never had experience with this species and had read in a couple of sources that they are actually fairly docile.

I have a female Jungle/Diamond cross. I'd say she tolerates humans, but would much rather be left alone (and is very vocal about communicating this). She doesn't bite, but I understand it's not uncommon for these to be nippy.
Is this correct? Are they generally a shy snake or would they be more likely to stay out in the open?

Mine only ever goes in her hide when she's digesting or shedding. The rest of the time, she stays out in the open. Quite a good display animal really.

One thing to be aware of - they tend to be really, really greedy. Mine begs for food pretty much constantly, even though she's well fed. If I fed her to apetite, she'd be grossly obese by now. She's still a good weight.

Also, she does seem to adopt a "strike first, find out if it's a rat later" approach to movement. Once she realises I'm not a rat, she's fine (and she's never actually nailed me, but I've had a few close calls), but she definitely demands being approached with extreme caution.
Well, I am happy to hear that they would be a good display animal. I am not so much worried about the disposition...would have been an added bonus though. I figured that since they were semi-aboreal, they would have the tendency to stay out more than the terrestrial snakes. I have found that is the hardest part about building an animal display...letting the public see the animal, but still letting the animal feel safe and hidden!
I believe I have decided upon a carpet python as one of the snakes forthe reptile exhibit. I have never had experience with this species and hadread in a couple of sources that they are actually fairly docile.

I've never kept one, but I can recall i'll teach you to turn away AKA Lish grumbling about her carpet biting her*
She also posted a link to a funny video of him mouthing the glass walls of his enclosure.
He's a lovely looking snake and I must point out that most snakes will bite their owner at some point in their lives.
*That phrase sounds like a B-movie, "Attack of the flesh-eating carpets from dimension Z"
Thanks! She's 100% jungle. Very nice Emotion: smile
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