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Old 05-27-17, 08:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What subspecies should I get?

Hi there,
I recently got a nice enclosure (52x27x51 inches) and I know that I want a carpet python, but I am the worst at deciding things and I don't know what subspecies to get! So many choices! What do you guys think I should choose?
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Old 05-27-17, 09:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: What subspecies should I get?

That's a great sized enclosure for a carpet. It really depends on the size, color, or morph of the carpet you want and how much you want to spend. Popular ssp like Coastals and Bredli can reach 7-9 ft. Jungles, IJs and Darwins average 5-6 ft but can get a little bigger. That's not counting some of the amazing morphs available. I was initially drawn to the the beautiful black and yellow jungles but now I prefer coastals. You really can't go wrong with any carpet. Find one that tickles your fancy and enjoy. You'll have a few more in no time.
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Re: What subspecies should I get?

/pedant mode on/Strictly bredli are not carpets but their own Morelia sp./pedant mode off/ Great choice though, really lovely snakes.

Personally I'd go for a bredli or Irian Jaya (Morelia spilota harrisoni). Lovely looking carpets and I prefer the markings to the others.

Carpets in general rock. Be aware that youngsters can be nippy and just occasionally you can end up with a pyscho adult. This isn't meant to put you off - just so you're aware.
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Old 05-28-17, 12:20 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Re: What subspecies should I get?

My advice, go to a reptile show, find one you like the looks of, and try handling the wee beastie to see whether it's a nippy or mellow individual. My jungle/cross was a sweetheart from the start. My Irian Jaya struck at literally anything that moved for a couple months, gradually calmed down, and now she's no problems at all. Only complaint about her, she refuses to go near a rat, while the jungle/cross switched right over without a fuss.
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Thanks everyone, I'll probably get a jungle. Jungles appear to be the easiest to find, but I'll definitely be on the lookout for a male bredli or coastal. Also, I unfortunately missed the last reptile show in my state by a couple weeks, dangit.
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