Facts about Savu python. Scientific name for Savu pythons is Liasis mackloti savuensis". The Savu python originate from the island of Sawu which lies off Southwest Coast of New Guinea and this is the reason behind their name. The Savu python were first discovered back in 1993 and not much has been written about them. In fact there are not found anywhere else and this make them the smallest group of pythons around the world. The Fear of snakes is ophiophobia.
Savu pythons are diminishing from the wild because they are collected by humans for pet trade. Despite of the measures taken, nothing much has been done to stop this trade.
The Savu python have small round bodies and can grow up to five feet (1.52 meters). Their heads are slightly wider than their necks and the female are uniformly black. However the color of the male ones differs. The Savu python are peppered dark and have pale scales. All adults have white eyes. The hatchlings and juveniles do not have any pattern. They are pale orange in color.
Savu pythons are very hard to find in the wild. This is because they spend their day under rocks and shrubs. The Savu python always look for some things that they can lie on or hide beneath though they will always move out to look for water. Hatchlings and juveniles eat small mice. The adult eat medium to large rats while in the wilderness.
Savu python’s temperament varies from one individual to another. This is one character traits they have in common with humans. Mostly when the Savu python are in the wild they are very temperamental than when they are in captivity. The Savu python stay around their nests in order to take care of their young ones and protect them from predators.
Hatch-lings are normally very aggressive and restless. But as they grow up they tend to be calm. This is because when the Savu python grow up they get used to their surroundings, though they are very territorial.
Generally savu pythons are very calm and peaceful. They rarely bite even when they feel threatened. In fact when they feel threatened they ball up and hiss though this not common.
Savu pythons are the easiest species to keep. The Savu pythons are less demanding as long as you understand their needs. Their habitats should have a temperature of around 80 degrees with 90 degrees sport for basking.
The humidity should be high because the Savu python dehydrate very fast compared to other snakes. This is even common when they are shedding. When you hold them the Savu python have a habit of wrapping around your hand and it not advisable to let them wrap around your neck. This is very dangerous because unless you help them to get out, they can’t get it on their own and can suffocate you.
Quarantine is needed for several months to treat any illnesses. The Savu python can also be bred in captivity and this is encouraged in order to make sure that the ones in the wild are protected. Savu python's docile nature and calmness is good even for the beginning hobbyist. Ensure that there is plenty of water and a box where they can hide.