Join Date: Oct 2009
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Mr Peepers that little one is only about 3 months old, so very much a baby and yes it will get big.
Daisy to my knowledge there is still a blanket ban on the importation and keeping of exotic reptiles. The only places allowed to keep them are zoo's and only by special license. Anyone wanting to keep a native snake in Australia must be licensed under fairly strict conditions. You can only buy from a legitimate source. So that is why only native species of snakes are kept. But we have such a good range of natives that most people are happy with those. There are good reasons for the blanket ban. Just look at what happened in the US with the Burmese Pythons when they escaped after the hurricane in 2005 and they are now breeding pretty rampantly in the Everglades. There is also a blanket ban on the exportation of any Australian reptile (as well as birds and other Australian wildlife) unless you are a zoo and are swapping between other zoo's to introduce new blood lines to prevent in-breeding, or to introduce a small colony into overseas zoo's.
As for birds yes we do have quite a lot of exotics, parrots mainly. Imports were allowed for a while until the outbreak of Newcastle's Disease in the UK in the 1980's. There are rumours that imports are going to be allowed again but it hasn't happened yet. But we have many species of Conures, Macaw's, Asiatics, other South American, African and Asian parrots as well as some from New Zealand and other Pacific Islands. I have been lucky enough to get close up and personal with a Hyacinth Macaw, they are stunners in real life.
And yes that is an Albino Carpet.
Many people over here feed their snakes with a long set of tongs to try to prevent feeding bites. And hands are washed very carefully so that there is no food smell on the hands so that hands are not mistaken for food.