We always wanted to branch out from ball pythons one day, and in addition to adding a blood python and a green tree python, we also wanted an Angolan python. When a semi-local friend landed a breeding pair of them, we knew it was only a matter of time. When Steve Beamer at Reptile Collective produced hatchlings in 2018, we immediately contacted him about purchasing a female. This girl hatched on 07/18/18 and joined us in 08/25/18. It has been great getting to know her. She's nothing like the ball pythons, as she is super-inquisitive and always moving. She's also a much better eater than the ball pythons, as she has yet to refuse a meal when she isn't in shed.
How She Got Her Name: Most of our ball pythons are named after gods in Greek mythology, since that is an interest of ours. However, for the other species, we wanted to go a different route. Since it was highly unlikely we would have more than one or two of any other particular species, we decided to use the Roman mythology names for those. Since this female Angolan python is the first other species we have acquired, she was named after the Roman queen of the heavens, Juno.
Once we had our female, Juno, we knew that if we ever wanted to breed this amazing species then we would need a male. When The Snake Guru (Brad Baysinger) produced a clutch of Angolan pythons in the summer of 2022, we immediately inquired about purchasing a male from him. As soon as this male had eaten his third meal, he was on his way to us! Jupiter arrived on 09/21/22 after hatching out on 08/18/22. We are really excited to welcome this little guy into our python family! He's already proving to be just as inquisitive as his future mate. We can't wait until he's large enough to be producing some babies of his own!
How He Got His Name: As the future mate of Juno, and part of our first pair of pythons that were not ball pythons, Jupiter was the natural choice. We hope he will be a leader like his namesake and lead us to many clutches of Angolan python eggs in the future!