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Large pythons are popular as a pet

Black-headed python hatching at Snakes Downunder and Reptile Park. Photo Contributed
Black-headed python hatching at Snakes Downunder and Reptile Park. Photo Contributed Contributed

THESE heavy built snakes may have you thinking they are deadly but in fact the black-headed python are non-venomous and a popular pet.

Snakes Downunder Reptile Park and Zoo owner Ian Jenkins said the snake's habitat is just out of our region.

"The live in the top third of Australia - out past Gin Gin," Mr Jenkins said.

"They are not endangered in anyway but can fall pray to disease."

He said the pythons were heavy built snakes which grew to a maximum length of 3m and were mainly reptile eaters.

It is thought the black head serves as a solar-panel for the snake as the black skin draws heat and lets the snake warm up without exposing its whole body.

Mr Jenkins said they normally laid six to eight eggs that were extremely large.

"The eggs are larger than a chicken egg - longer and bigger," he said.

He said at the park they didn't feed the baby snakes straight away as they would live off the egg yolks for up to 10 weeks.

"They are about 30-35cm when born and we are not able to tell if they are male or female until they are older."

All four eggs which were laid at Snake Downunder hatched and would be going to live with the staff of the park.

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