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Exotic Snake Rescues & Facts!
The majority of the snakes at Jungle Eyes were donated or rescued from various circumstances. Some were owned within city limits where they are banned, while others came to us due to their owners moved & could not take them with them. The main reason most of them were taken in was due to them reaching large sizes & not being safe around children or small pets.

Jungle Eyes appreciates these people that cared about their reptiles enough to donate their enclosure's with them.



Rub-A-Dub there's snakes in the tub!

These awesome snakes are soaking in their garden tub. Can you count how many there are? Let's see, there is "Moonshine" the Albino Burmese Python, "Goliath" the 14 foot Burmese Python along with his girlfriend "Porscha" & last but not least "Casper" the Columbian Redtail Boa.

We also care for Blood Python's, Ball Python's, Guyanan Boa's, and various native species.

Please be sure to check back with us for additional information. We will have photograph's & literature referencing Texas native snakes some of which are venomous!

BURMESE PYTHON'S
(Python molurus bivittatus)

Albino, patternless green, brindle, leopard, Indian/Burmese crosses, hypo, granite, marble and labyrinth are being bred in captivity. Sub-species: Indian Python (Python molurus molurus) is an endangered species and requires a Federal permit to possess. Many Indian pythons in captivity are hybrids. Ceylonese python (P. m. pimbura) another rare subspecies.

Description: Pythons are sometimes found near water, where they hide in foliage or hang from tree branches.

Range/Habitat: Rainforest areas of Southeast Asia from India to China and on some of the islands of the East Indies.



Royal or Ball Python's
(Python regius)

Classification:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Boidae
Genus Python

Ethiopian: The Ball Python is found in the grasslands of the Sudanese subprovidence (West of the Nile); in Southern Sudan in the Bahrel Ghazal and in the region of the Nuba Mountain and in West Africa.

They range in length from 3 to 6 feet. Ball or Royal Python's vary considerably in their color and pattern. They can be tan, brown, reddish, light yellow or orangish yellow. The patterns of these snakes vary from spotted, to stripes and can be a combination of spotted and striped.

Ball Python's main diet consists of rodents. Breeding occurs when temperatures drop to the low 70's or lower and they stop feeding. They only breed every two or three years. Males have a retractable hemipenis that everts during mating. Females are fertilized internally. After mating and fertilization, the female lays between 4 to 10 eggs. Following laying, the female python stays with the eggs and wraps her coils around them. By loosening or tightening the coils she can protect them and also provide insulation. The female does not eat during this period, which can last up to three months until the hatchlings finally emerge from their eggs. The hatchlings are independent from the female from the time they hatch out. It is common for them to come back to the egg for a day or so after they are hatched to feed from it.

BOA CONSTRICTOR'S
Constrictor constrictor

Some Boa constrictors are from the same subspecies, but have distinct patterns making them easy to identify such as the Surinam Redtail Boa and Guyana Redtail Boa (Boa constrictor constrictor). There are Boa Constrictors that have there own subspecies like the South Brazilian Redtail Boa which is considered (Boa constrictor amarali).

Female boa constrictors do not lay eggs. Their young are born alive. They may give birth to 50 young snakes at one time.
Below are a few Boa's that you may be familiar with:

Common Boa - Boa constrictor
Surinam Redtail Boa - Boa constrictor constrictor
Guyana Redtail Boa - Boa constrictor constrictor
North Brazilian Redtail Boa - Boa constrictor constrictor
South Brazilian Redtail Boa - Boa constrictor amarali
Hogg Island Boa - Boa constrictor ssp
Clouded boa - Boa constrictor nebulosus
Albino Boa - Boa constrictor constrictor

The Top Ten Beginner's Snakes
All of the snakes listed in this section are known as gentle & easy to care for. Experienced adult supervision is highly recommended when handling any snake.

1 Corn Snakes - (Elaphe Guttata)
2 Rat Snakes - (Elaphe species)
3 King Snakes - (Lampropeltus Getulus)
4 Milk Snakes - (Lampropeltus Triangulum)
5 Garter Snakes - (Thamnophis Sirtalis)
6 Pine Snakes - (Pituophis Melanoleucus)
7 Ball Python - (Python Regius)
8 Rosy Boa - (Lichanura trivirgatai)
9 Rainbow Boa - (Epicrates species)
10 Red Tailed Boa - (Boa Constrictor)
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The Top Ten Worst Snakes
All of the snakes listed in this section are for the experts only!

1 Any Venomous Snake
2 Any Wild Caught Snake
3 Reticulated Python - (Python Reticulatus)
4 Burmese Python - (Python Molurus Bivittatusi)
5 Anaconda - (Eunectes Murinus)
6 Green Snakes - (Opheodrys species)
7 Hog-nosed Snakes - (Heterodon species)
8 Water Snakes - (Nerodia species)
9 Ringneck Snakes - (Diadophis Punctatusi)
10 Racer Snakes - (Coluber Constrictor)
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Learn About Snake Classification's

Kingdom Animalia All living organisms except plants and bacteria.
Phylum Chordata Animals with the nerve cord of the central nervous system located above the digestive system.
Class Reptilia Cold-blooded vertebrates that breathe through lungs, not gills, and usually have scales and claws.
Order Squamata The lizards and snakes. Defined on internal characters of the skull and skeleton.
Suborder Serpentes Only snakes; no external usable legs; no eyelids or external ear opening.

Families: (Listed below. Snake families are defined by characters of the soft anatomy and skeleton, and their technical definition is often difficult.)
1. Typhlopidae, 2. Leptotyphlopidae, 3. Anomalepididae: All three of these related families are harmless burrowers confined mainly to tropical regions. Comprised of well over 200 species, they are very shy, have dot-like eyes, and do not do well when kept in captivity.
4. Aniliidae: South American pipesnakes; primitive burrowers with patterns like coral snakes, red and black bands.
5. Uropeltidae
6. Xenopeltidae: Two related groups commonly referred to as sheildtails and sunbeam snakes respectively. Both are burrowers from southern Asia. The sheildtails are noted for an enlarged scale or shield at the end of their tail. The sunbeam snakes are characterized by their shiny coloration and are considered by many to be related to either the colubrid or boid families.
7. Boidae: This family includes the popular boas, pythons, and anacondas. Size varies from about a foot to over 30 feet. Males usually have spurs near the vent. Many herpetologists recognize three or four families for these snakes.
8. Acorochordidae: A small family found from Asia to Australia near the coasts. They are noted for their large tubercles, hence the common name, wart snakes. The skin is exceedingly loose. They are considered by some to be a subfamily of the colubrids. Thoroughly aquatic, they lack the wide ventral scutes of typical colubrids and seem to do well in captivity.
9. Colubridae: This family represent about 3/4 of all know snakes. They usually have large scales on top of their heads. Few poisonous members are found in this family, but those that are venomous have the fangs at the back of the upper jaws. This family is almost impossible to define technically, and its many members may not all be closely related.
10. Elapidae: Included in this family are the infamous cobras, mambas, and kraits. These snakes have a chiefly neurotoxic venom, are mostly nocturnal, and have fixed hollow fangs at the front of the mouth.
11. Hydrophiidae: This venomous family is known as sea snakes. Most species rarely exceed two feet. They live and breed in the water, bearing live young (with one exceptional genus that lays eggs on land). Most have strongly flattened rudder-like tails.
12. Viperidae: Both the Old World vipers and the New World vipers (with the "facial pit") make up this familiar family. All are known for their stout build and their toxicity. The fangs are movable. This highly evolved family contains the rattlesnakes, copperhead, tree vipers, and many other species.

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