Scientific Name: Liasis mackloti savuensis
Dorsally, the Sawu Pythons are dark snakes, but they have white bellies. When they are adults, the Sawu Pythons have white eyes, which contrast strongly against their dark bodies. The Sawu Python will reach a size of two to four feet at maturity.
The Sawu Python is not difficult to keep. They are relatively undemanding. Sawu Pythons should be kept in habitats with a temperature around 80 degrees Fahrenheit, with a 85 to 90 degree spot for basking. They need high humidity, as they tend to dehydrate faster than other snakes. This is especially true when shedding. Sawu Pythons have a habit of wrapping around the hand of the handler, and can cut off circulation. They can be very difficult to get off without help, so be careful not to let them wrap around your neck.
IBD infection is common in wild species. Sawu Pythons that are captured should be quarantined for several months to treat any illness they might have.
and Propagation: Relative Breeding Ease: Relatively Difficult
The Sawu Python can be bred in captivity. This fact has made the price of the Sawu Python drop dramatically, and has greatly reduced the demand on the wild population. Baby Sawu Pythons are orange in color, and have no patterns.
The Sawu Python is a popular species for snake keepers. Their small size and ease of care makes them a highly desired snake. They are also quite beautiful and docile. The Sawu Python is a great pet for both experienced and beginning hobbyist.
Adult Sawu Pythons can be docile and relatively non-aggressive snakes, if raised in captivity and handled regularly; however, until they reach the age of two to three years, the Sawu Python can be quite snappy. They are shy, though and will spend most of the day hiding and usually come out at night. Sawu Pythons should be kept in large habitats with aspen bedding, or the like, for burrowing. They should have a hide box and a large water bowl.
Due to the high demand of the pet trade and the small area in which they are found, the Sawu Python was endangered for a while. However, exporting the Sawu Python is now restricted. Some scientists consider the Sawu Python to actually be a subspecies of the Macklots. This theory is currently being debated.
First discovered in 1993, the Sawu Python originates from the Sawu Island. This is the only place in the world where Sawu Pythons are found, which gives them the smallest geographic distribution of any python.