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Baby Carpet Pythons   - 12th March 2018

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Baby Carpet Pythons

Age: Hatchlings   Sex: Unknown   Weight: 5gms

Found: A clutch of snake eggs were found in a suburban and unnatural location in Buderim, Queensland.

Transported to: A kind member of the public rescued the clutch and transported it to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.

Veterinary Assessment: The eggs were placed in a specially design incubator which housed other reptile eggs including freshwater turtles, water dragons and carpet pythons. The incubator provided the perfect environment for the eggs to continue to develop; warm, stable and safe. Based on the shape of the eggs and the size of the clutch it was likely that the unknown snake eggs were baby carpet pythons.

Treatment: After one week in the incubator, the hospital team watched intently as the tiny snakes slithered out of their shells and met their brothers and sisters for the first time. The hospital identified and counted the each snake, counting 18 baby carpet pythons.

Outcome: A short 24 hours after they'd hatched, the carpet snakes were released back into the wild away from any potential threats.

AZWH Fact: Unlike other snake species, a female carpet python will care for her eggs and defend the clutch until they are ready to hatch. At this point, the hatchlings disperse and are completely independent, and ready to fend for themselves in the wild.



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