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In honor of St. Patrick's Day, I present a lovely serpent, my female White-Lipped Python(Leiopython d'albertis), which I recently acquired at a reptile show. She is a doll baby, in contrast to most White-Lips, which tend to be "nippy"(code: will try to bite your face off). Her colors are real, one of the great things about this species.
These are NOT beginner snakes, as they have very particular temperature and humidity(especially the latter)requirements. Most are wild-caught in New Guinea, and will only eat live prey. Fortunately, this one slams frozen/thawed rat pups.
Her skin feels like the finest, softest Chamois cloth.

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RDizzy Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent capture of the colors
Martiitram Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
RowdyRocks909 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
It almost reminds me of a Brazilian rainbow boa... but they are both very beautiful.
PolishandToes Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
wow beautiful coloring :)
BIOHAZARD-89 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautifully captured! =D
Wolfyone Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
She is beautiful!
Twiss Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
she is gorgeous.
CrazyViper Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
Awsome job on catching the awsome colours in a white liped python! I have wanted one for years but when I get around to finding one or two I ither dont have the money or cageing for one lol
ManitouWolf Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
She is absolutely stunning!
Kagorae Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist
What an unbelievably beautiful snake! And a good temperament? You lucked out!
FatCaiman Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, gorgeous iridescence. :D I own a snake myself, a Rosy Boa named Rosie that I've had since I was 8 years old. :heart: I wish more people like you and I loved and appreciated reptiles!

P.S. ARGH these ads on Deviantart are annoying me. D: It sounded like two of them were playing at once.... ;_; :cries:
demosthenes1blackops Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
megapotterhead Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
So beautiful! :heart:
Shalindria1981 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wicked! :dalove:
Lena-GoodForNothing Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
i really don't like the shape of her head but i am amazed with the colors so it doesn't matter. I bet she is ten times more beautiful in person.. :D
pitbulllady Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
This species does have a rather odd-looking head, that always seems to too big for the rest of the snake. She will grow into it a bit, though

Beboots Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This snake is ~gorgeous~. :D
Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011
I've always wanted one of these! But I can't afford a CB and i don't let having WC. I do hear they tend to be nippy. Glad you got one that likes the f/t!
Stephie-Wesson Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
So divine, shes absaloutely stunning! Gorgeous snake!
GekkouKitsune Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
wow. So pretty
SgtYayap Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
That is one beautiful snake, pitbulllady! :aww: A shame most of her species are apparently quite aggressive. :(
pitbulllady Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011
I think part of the aggression issue is that nearly all White-Lips in captivity in the US are wild-caught imports, which are often caught by natives and sold to reptile collectors. These snakes are often badly mistreated by their captors and develop a serious mistrust of humans. It used to be the same with African Rocks and Retics back when most of them were wild-caught imports; now, most of those snakes are captive-bred, and are MUCH easier to deal with. Unlike Retics, Burms or Afrocks, though, White-Lips are notoriously difficult to breed in captivity, so with wild-caught animals still being so cheap and readily available, few people bother with captive breeding them, which is unfortunate.
That said, mine is wild-caught, too. She is the second White-Lip I've owned, as I had a large adult male several years ago. He wasn't a biter, but he was very flighty and would musk and poop on me if I picked him up, and he never stopped trying to get away while being held. Most will not hesitate to strike, though. The other two that the same dealer had, the person I got my female from, were smaller than her, but both would strike if you even touched their enclosures. Mine has a bad scar encircling her body just above her tail, which is most likely the result of her captor binding her to a stick with a piece of vine to transport her to a place where she could be sold, a typical means of transporting live snakes in Papua, New Guinea, so it's miraculous that she doesn't hate humans with a passion.

SgtYayap Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011
Ah. Yeah, I myself have heard that even wild-caught Burms are aggressive relative to their captive-bred counterparts.
pitbulllady Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011
They sure are! I've met a couple of wild-caught Burms, and they were NASTY! Of course, I see a lot of CB youngsters that are pretty nippy, too, and got nailed by one at the show where I purchased this White-Lip. I knew it was gonna tag me, but that's part of taming them-showing them that you're not scared. Like most animals, snakes will only bite worse if they realize that biting gets them what they want-for you to leave them alone. Most baby pythons, all species, are pretty "nippy" at first, captive-bred or not; don't EVEN get me started on baby Macklott's! Ironically, baby Afrocks seem far less so than baby Burms, even though that species has such an awful reputation even among long-time reptile keepers for being vicious. I've had my hands in tubs of hatchling Afrocks, helping to probe them, which is in and of itself a good reason for a snake to bite you, and not gotten bitten, but I can guarantee that doing that with a batch of baby Burms or even Balls will earn you at least one bite!

SgtYayap Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011
Ah. Well, it's a shame that bites are almost inevitable from baby snakes. :(
SkyGateCreations Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
that skin is marvelous :wow:
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