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A better way to raise burmese pythons

Credit:Jim Mason
For years all that was available for learning the proper care was outdated, old school thinking caresheets and literature. Husbandry recommendations that were workable, yet truly less than ideal as it turns out. Burmese pythons gained a reputation not quite deserved based on issues with their health.
Recommended temperatures in the older caresheets and books is just too cold. That combined with inexperience has led to many ill burmese through the years. So why not come up with better suited temperature ranges that allow a slight bit more room for common young keeper error? Not to mention the fact a warmer range is better for the burms overall. This isn’t even taking into consideration the even cooler temps some recommend(ed) for breeding purposes.

There are many more heating options available than when many of the caresheets and books were published. Heat tape, heat pads, and the addition of heat cable/rope and radiant heat panels, make it possible to get proper heat for any application. We are not stuck using light bulbs or electric blankets anymore.

Some ranges from available books and caresheets go as low as the high 60’s at night. Totally unacceptable, since we cannot successfully duplicate nature and the way temps drop in the wild. In actuality, ranges int he 70’s (ambient) are too cold ; though stated as acceptable by some authors. From personal experience I have found a range going no lower than 80 degrees at anytime works well. Even for cycling for breeding. Yes outside walls or parts of the room/cage may dip to 78-79. But using the old temps, that low range would be much lower in those areas.

One example would be:

Non-breeding times.

Daytime temps- 84-86 ambient, 90 hotspot. Nighttime- 82-83 ambient, 90 hotspot. (minimum of 80-82) (minimum of 80)

Breeding times.

Temps slowly drop one degree per week, stopping at 80 degree nighttime temp. The daytime would in turn drop to 83-84.

This coupled with proper humidity and done in a consistent manner offers a much safer way to successfully breed burmese pythons without jeopardizing health with too cold of temps.

A healthy burm is a much happier burm!

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