Morelia spilota variegata (Irian Jaya carpet python) 
jungle Origin: Irian Jaya, New Guinea and Indonesia
Length: 1 to 2 meters
Age: up to 20 years
The Irian Jaya carpet python has a rust brown color with a yellow / orange tinted pattern over the body.

Experience: Average snake keeper
Food: Live or dead prey. Primary prey animals are mice and rats.
Adult feeding: every 7 to 10 days. Young boas can be fed once a week.
Feeding young: Every 5 to 6 days
Water basin: Yes
Change water: 3 times a week
There is a choice to offer the prey animals alive or dead. Although it is advisable to offer your Iran Jaya carpet python dead prey animals. This is because it is more practical and prevents the food animal from injuring your snake. Thereby it is advised to offer the food animal with a pair of tongs and to feed your snake outside the residence. This ensures that your hand is not associated with food and prevents your snake from grasping your hand during feeding. If you go for live food, you must supervise it during feeding. This is because the prey can injure the snake. If you hold the Irian Jay carpet python together with other snakes, you will have to take them apart for feeding, this will prevent the snakes from becoming entangled during feeding.

The water basin is of course used for drinking, but Iran Jaya carpet pythons also use it for bathing. For this reason, the water bowl must be large enough for the snake to be able to lie with its entire body. Because the snake is in the water basin, the water will be polluted a bit faster, for this reason the water must be changed regularly. We recommend changing the water if the pollution is high.

To prevent health problems with your snake, the accommodation must be cleaned regularly. This prevents the accumulation of harmful substances and diseases. It is advisable to clean the accommodation once a week. In addition, to prevent the build-up of bacteria, the entire enclosure must be cleaned and disinfected a few times a year.

To perform tasks with the snake, the snake must be handled. Iran Jaya carpet pythons are usually calm snakes, but certain things must be taken into consideration during handling. If your snake is handling use a snake hook or lift it with both hands. Do not hang your snake around your neck, this is because if the snake falls it will clamp itself around your neck. In addition, there are some important things to look out for when using a carpet python. First make sure that your snake understands that you are going to handle it and move gently when you handle it. Also make sure that your hands are washed and do not smell like food. Finally, do not handle your snake when it is peeling and do not handle it in the dark.

Minimum size of enclosure for 1 snake: 150 x 60 x 100
Lying surface: 1 m2 with at least one raised lounger per snake where it can lie on the entire snake.
Day temperature: 29-32C
Night temperature: 20-23C
Hours of light: 12 hours
Humidity degree: 75% -80%
Ground cover: Newspapers, bark or peat litter
The Irian Jaya carpet python is a resident of the tropical rainforest and lives there abocv in the trees To imitate this in their enclosure, they need several raised plateaus to lie on. In addition to these plateaus, they have climbing options, which can be offered in the form of climbing branches. If you offer him enough climbing spots and elevation, it will also get off the ground most of the time. This is important to take with you for the choice of enclosure. Rather a higher than a larger surface. In addition to climbing, they also love bathing so much, they also need a water bowl large enough for the carpet python to lie in.

For the enclosure there are some extra things to pay attention to. The Irian Jaya carpet python, for example, are quite good at escaping, it will have to be ensured that they cannot just open their door. In addition, ventilation is needed to keep the air fresh and it is advisable to set up the enclosure out of the bright sun and as vibration-free as possible.

Hunting method: Constricing snake
Lifestyle: Semi-arboreal & night active
Character: Calm animals that are usually in a good mood. This makes them easy to handle and great pets. Young specimens can be defensive.
Points of attention: The Iran Jaya carpet python is a constricting snake and can eat prey larger than its head. Therefore, keep in mind that you will not leave it alone with small children or pets. This is because he can also see this as prey.

Costs and Purchase
Legislation: The Iran Jaya carpet python falls under CITES II, to own this snake you need CITES or transfer papers. You should get this when purchasing.
One-off costs: This includes the costs for accommodation, lighting, heating, water bowl and decoration. This can together cost a few hundred euros to a few thousand euros. The final amount depends on the quality and size of the products.
Fixed costs: Fixed costs include the costs for the feed, this is several tens of euros per year.
Unexpected costs: Costs have been incurred if your snake accidentally falls ill or your equipment breaks down.