BOELEN'S PYTHONS
Morelia boeleni

Boelen's pythons have long been an aspiration for me, since I saw my first one around 1973. It was a very large one on exhibit at the San Antonio Zoo, under the care of Joe Laszlo. I finally acquired a pair in February, 2000.

They are a sizeable snake, attaining lengths of 15' or more. As neonates they are mostly red. Then they become red and yellow. As they age and grow, the color changes to black and yellow (or white.) The color change seems to take place from the tail forward. When they get larger, the posterior portion is satiny black, and the colored patterning is on the anterior portion of their body. The ventral surface is mainly whiteish, but on the posterior portion changes to black.

This is the female. She is a bit over five feet long and three years old. She feeds well on small rats, but shows a preference to rats with some color on them. Also, dipping the rat heads in chicken broth seems to help her feeding response.

Female Boelen's python
The male is approximately eight feet long and six years old. He feeds on large rats and seems unconcerned about color.

So far they have been mild-tempered snakes and have not offered to bite. I would not like to get bitten by one - they have a large squat "bulldog" head and impressive teeth.

This is my new female boeleni. A couple days after I got her she was locked up with the male. I doubt anything will come of it, but one can always hope.

I rather like the picture below. It is my "econoherper" picture. I tend to spend the money on the animals and their care. Why waste money on a fancy hide box when a biscuit box will do? The snake seems to enjoy it, finds it a nice tight fit. This is my recently imported 8' female. I figured it would be better to use something disposable for her quarantine period.

Her head can be seen on the right side. She has a rubbed rostral, had it when I got her.