Fresh Genetics

Fresh Genetics We are Exotic Pet breeders/importers/exporters specializing in Reptiles. We also supply bio-active terrarium supplies by: Not Your Basic Bio.
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Beiratiful 1.1 2020 Phantom Golden Child Retics. Slamming f/t med rats every 7 days. Very active and friendly. Look at t...
08/20/2020

Beiratiful 1.1 2020 Phantom Golden Child Retics. Slamming f/t med rats every 7 days. Very active and friendly. Look at the beautiful sheen. PM only to discuss.
Atlanta, GA

Repticon Atlanta is right around the corner 😜 Everyone be sure to stop by to say hello and get your next new family memb...
07/14/2020

Repticon Atlanta is right around the corner 😜 Everyone be sure to stop by to say hello and get your next new family member.

Beautiful female HOGS Reticulated Python. Eats great and very easy to handle.Reticulated Python Adult SizeMainland retic...
07/13/2020

Beautiful female HOGS Reticulated Python. Eats great and very easy to handle.

Reticulated Python Adult Size
Mainland reticulated pythons (Python reticulatus reticulatus) are one of the world’s largest snakes, with exceptional examples being recorded at 32 feet long and weighing in at 350 pounds. These specimens are exceptional and very rare, with the average adult size staying between 10 to 20 feet long. On the other hand, several wild populations of reticulated pythons have proven to reach much smaller adult sizes than the “mainland” varieties. These “dwarf” reticulated pythons (P. r. jampeanus, and P. r. saputrai) max out at 10 to 12 feet, and there are also “super dwarf” reticulated pythons that appear to max out at 6 to 8 feet in length.
Reticulated Python Life Span
On average, reticulated pythons live 15 to 20 years, with some individual snakes reaching 25 or even 30 years of age.
Reticulated Python Caging
The most important aspect of this snakes habitat is that it must safely contain the snake. Tight-fitting racks or strong cages with locks are a must. Baby reticulated pythons can be kept in shoebox-sized cages or 10-gallon reptile terrariums. Adult reticulated pythons can be housed in 2-foot-tall by 3-foot-wide by 6- to 8-foot-long cages. Occasional larger snakes may require a 3-foot-tall by 4-foot-wide by 10-foot-long enclosure. Custom-built cages should be constructed of strong, waterproof materials for ease of cleaning. Using quality reptile cleaning supplies is important for your pet's health! Reptile hides are a fundamental snake habitat product and asset for all reptiles which are particularly effective for juvenile reticulated pythons. We recommend something tight fitting but with an entrance large enough for the animal to enter and exit easily.
SUBSTRATE
We at Fresh Genetics have used printed newspaper and plain newsprint with great success. Other options include aspen, cypress mulch (Zoo Med Forest Floor Natural Cypress Bedding) or pre-cut corrugated cardboard. Check daily for defecation or urination and replace substrate accordingly, you can use cleaning products like the Zoo Med Wipe out Terrarium Cage Cleaner and the Fluker's Eco
HEATING/LIGHTING
A variety of options exist for snake heating reticulated pythons, such as heat pads, like the Zilla Heat Pad, spot lamps like the Fluker's Sun Spot Bulb (always use a cage guard to prevent injury), heat tape and heat panels. A high-quality thermostat (or a simpler one for hatchlings like the Zilla Terrarium Heat & Habitat Controller) is always worth the money to ensure that you are providing the proper options for healthy thermoregulation. Temperatures should range from 76 degrees Fahrenheit on the cool side to 92 degrees as a hotspot.
Food
Reticulated pythons are extremely food-oriented, and they love to eat! Most retics start off taking live prey but a fair amount can be transferred over to frozen/thawed prey items, or freshly killed prey items. If your reticulated python is not willing to take frozen/thawed food at first, offer it occasionally and the snake may begin to accept it eventually. Not all reticulated pythons will switch to dead food, however, and some will require live food as a permanent food source.
A good rule of thumb is to feed one prey item, of comparable girth to the thickest part of the snake’s body, every seven to 10 days. Reticulated pythons fed more often will grow faster and can reach greater lengths, but overfeeding snakes can cause health problems, as with any animal.
Water
A large water dish should be available at all times, constructed of dishwasher-safe or easily sanitized materials, and it should be heavy enough to not be easily tipped over. The water dish does not need to be large enough for your snake to soak in, though reticulated pythons can be soaked for a few hours in a separate container or a bathtub once they begin shedding to ease the removal of shed skin.
Reticulated Python Handling and Temperament
Baby reticulated pythons can be nervous about having giant predatory animals (such as humans) around them all the time and may hiss or even strike, but with gentle daily handling, they become quite confident.
Acclimated reticulated pythons have a strong feeding response, so expect that whenever you open the cage they will be interested in food. Everyone handles this differently, but the basic idea is the same: Before you reach toward your snake with your hand, take the time to show the snake that it’s not being fed. At Fresh Genetics, we use a paper towel roll, which will not hurt the snake’s teeth if it bites it, to pet the snake on top of its head until it moves away and is no longer looking for a target to strike at and eat. Once this happens, we simply pick the snake up by hand. Once they’re out of their cages, our reticulated pythons are usually very receptive to handling. When dealing with any large snake, it is wise to have a second experienced handler present, and keep the animal’s head pointed away from you and others at all times, especially if you’re handling an easily spooked animal.

Beautiful female Phantom Golden Child Reticulated Python #2. Eats great and very easy to handle. Reticulated Python Adul...
07/13/2020

Beautiful female Phantom Golden Child Reticulated Python #2. Eats great and very easy to handle.

Reticulated Python Adult Size
Mainland reticulated pythons (Python reticulatus reticulatus) are one of the world’s largest snakes, with exceptional examples being recorded at 32 feet long and weighing in at 350 pounds. These specimens are exceptional and very rare, with the average adult size staying between 10 to 20 feet long. On the other hand, several wild populations of reticulated pythons have proven to reach much smaller adult sizes than the “mainland” varieties. These “dwarf” reticulated pythons (P. r. jampeanus, and P. r. saputrai) max out at 10 to 12 feet, and there are also “super dwarf” reticulated pythons that appear to max out at 6 to 8 feet in length.
Reticulated Python Life Span
On average, reticulated pythons live 15 to 20 years, with some individual snakes reaching 25 or even 30 years of age.
Reticulated Python Caging
The most important aspect of this snakes habitat is that it must safely contain the snake. Tight-fitting racks or strong cages with locks are a must. Baby reticulated pythons can be kept in shoebox-sized cages or 10-gallon reptile terrariums. Adult reticulated pythons can be housed in 2-foot-tall by 3-foot-wide by 6- to 8-foot-long cages. Occasional larger snakes may require a 3-foot-tall by 4-foot-wide by 10-foot-long enclosure. Custom-built cages should be constructed of strong, waterproof materials for ease of cleaning. Using quality reptile cleaning supplies is important for your pet's health! Reptile hides are a fundamental snake habitat product and asset for all reptiles which are particularly effective for juvenile reticulated pythons. We recommend something tight fitting but with an entrance large enough for the animal to enter and exit easily.
SUBSTRATE
We at Fresh Genetics have used printed newspaper and plain newsprint with great success. Other options include aspen, cypress mulch (Zoo Med Forest Floor Natural Cypress Bedding) or pre-cut corrugated cardboard. Check daily for defecation or urination and replace substrate accordingly, you can use cleaning products like the Zoo Med Wipe out Terrarium Cage Cleaner and the Fluker's Eco
HUMIDITY
Reticulated pythons prefer humidity levels between 50% to 70%. The water dish and substrate in the enclosure will provide some humidity, and you can lightly mist the area if you need to raise the humidity level. Regularly monitor the humidity with a reptile hygrometer
HEATING/LIGHTING
A variety of options exist for snake heating reticulated pythons, such as heat pads, like the Zilla Heat Pad, spot lamps like the Fluker's Sun Spot Bulb (always use a cage guard to prevent injury), heat tape and heat panels. A high-quality thermostat (or a simpler one for hatchlings like the Zilla Terrarium Heat & Habitat Controller) is always worth the money to ensure that you are providing the proper options for healthy thermoregulation. Temperatures should range from 76 degrees Fahrenheit on the cool side to 92 degrees as a hotspot.
Food
Reticulated pythons are extremely food-oriented, and they love to eat! Most retics start off taking live prey but a fair amount can be transferred over to frozen/thawed prey items, or freshly killed prey items. If your reticulated python is not willing to take frozen/thawed food at first, offer it occasionally and the snake may begin to accept it eventually. Not all reticulated pythons will switch to dead food, however, and some will require live food as a permanent food source.
A good rule of thumb is to feed one prey item, of comparable girth to the thickest part of the snake’s body, every seven to 10 days. Reticulated pythons fed more often will grow faster and can reach greater lengths, but overfeeding snakes can cause health problems, as with any animal.
Water
A large water dish should be available at all times, constructed of dishwasher-safe or easily sanitized materials, and it should be heavy enough to not be easily tipped over. The water dish does not need to be large enough for your snake to soak in, though reticulated pythons can be soaked for a few hours in a separate container or a bathtub once they begin shedding to ease the removal of shed skin.
Reticulated Python Handling and Temperament
Baby reticulated pythons can be nervous about having giant predatory animals (such as humans) around them all the time and may hiss or even strike, but with gentle daily handling, they become quite confident.
Acclimated reticulated pythons have a strong feeding response, so expect that whenever you open the cage they will be interested in food. Everyone handles this differently, but the basic idea is the same: Before you reach toward your snake with your hand, take the time to show the snake that it’s not being fed. At Fresh Genetics, we use a paper towel roll, which will not hurt the snake’s teeth if it bites it, to pet the snake on top of its head until it moves away and is no longer looking for a target to strike at and eat. Once this happens, we simply pick the snake up by hand. Once they’re out of their cages, our reticulated pythons are usually very receptive to handling. When dealing with any large snake, it is wise to have a second experienced handler present, and keep the animal’s head pointed away from you and others at all times, especially if you’re handling an easily spooked animal.

Male 2019 Genetic Stripe Ultra-bright Blood Python. Eats great and friendly.Blood Python CareHOUSING:Young blood pythons...
06/21/2020

Male 2019 Genetic Stripe Ultra-bright
Blood Python. Eats great and friendly.

Blood Python Care
HOUSING:
Young blood pythons can be shy and are not fond of large open spaces. While not true underground reptiles, they do like to hide under leaf litter and other loose debris. Their natural coloring is wonderful camouflage. You can start babies in enclosures as small as 10 gallons. At around 6 months, increase the size. There are several kinds of enclosures that work for blood pythons, e.g., glass aquariums and any of the commercially available plastic-type reptile cages. At 6 months, step up to an enclosure that is at least 30" x 12" inches (like Zilla critter cage 20 Long) or go to the adult enclosure size. Adults up to 4 feet do well in a tank at least 36" x 18" (Exo Terra Large, or Zilla 40 gal). If your blood is bigger than 4 feet, you will want an enclosure that is wider or longer than the 36", like a 4' x 2' tank Zoo Med low boy for example. A 4 foot thick blood python needs more space than a 4 foot thinner species, like a corn snake. If you use a glass tank, provide a humid hide--that is, a hide that has some damp moss in it for extra humidity. A shy blood python will feel more secure if there is a hide for it on the cool and the warm sides of the enclosure. An adult may only need a hide on the warm side. They are also ambush predators. This means that they like to hide and then leap out and grab their prey. Consequently, babies usually appreciate a little extra depth in the substrate so they can hide in it if they choose. You can use many types of bedding for your blood python. The ones that look the best and help hold humidity are Exo Terra coco husk, Zilla jungle mix and Zoo Med eco earth. Spot clean the bedding whenever they defecate. You should only need to clean the whole thing out about once a month. Disinfect the enclosure and change the bedding at that time. Zoo Meds wipe out or vinegar and water both work good for cage cleaning.
LIGHTING AND HEAT:
Like all reptiles, bloods are dependent on external thermoregulation to control their body temperature. This essentially means you need to provide a hot and a cool side. All the heat elements should be on one side and the other will then be the cool side. This way your blood python can move back and forth between the different temperatures depending on its needs. The hot side should be at 86-88 degrees. Put one hide there and another hide on the cool side. The cool side can be between 79-82 degrees. At night it can drop down to 76 ambient temperature. It's a good idea to use a overhead light and an under tank heat pad also. The heat pads are usually placed on the hot side with a hide over it. We recommend a Zoo Med heat mat or Exo Terra heat pad that stays on 24/7 to give them a little bit of supplemental heat during the night. Both of these are placed on the outside, underneath the enclosure. You want a heat pad that only covers half the tank (or less). The basking light should be housed in a good quality light dome like Exo Terra and Flukers that has a ceramic housing to tolerate high heat and an on/off switch. Use a good quality temperature gauge too, like Zoo Meds digital temp gauge or Exo Terras Thermometer. Don't guess at it. You can also use a rheostat and/or timers to control your heat source. We do not recommend the use of hot rocks. They have a tendency to heat unevenly over too small an area and can cause serious burns.
HUMIDITY:
Keep a non-porous water bowl in with your blood python and make sure they always have clean water. Exo Terras water bowls or Flukers water bowls are good decorative choices or a good ceramic crock dish. Scrub the bowl at least once a week to keep bacteria slime from building up. If you maintain a humidity level of 60-70%, your blood python will be able to shed properly. Hand misters are usually sufficient but if you don't care to remember to mist, an automatic mister like the Exo Terra monsoon or the reptile fogger are nice options. These snakes also love to soak, so giving them a very large water bowl can be beneficial. Zoo Med large corner bowl or Magnaturals giant 5 gallon water bowl are both nice big bowls.
FEEDING:
Do not handle your pet for several hours before you are going to feed it. We do recommend feeding your snake in it's own enclosure. Blood pythons are ambush feeders and most do not like to be disturbed before eating. A few bloods won't mind being moved before they eat, but many will not eat if moved. If you are worried about your snake thinking you are going to feed it every time you go to get it out, get yourself a good snake hook. Hook the animal out of its enclosure when you want to hold it. Check out these hooks: collapsible hook for babies and larger hooks for adults. Using a snake hook when you take your blood python out will greatly reduce the chance of you being bit from a feeding response. If you don't have a hook and are still worried about picking up your snake, don't come at it from the front. Reach around and pick your snake up from behind. That way your hand is not coming at its face. Hatchlings to 2 years
1 rodent of appropriate size once a week. This means the girth of the rodent should not exceed the girth of the snake (at it's biggest point, not his neck size) Some people say you can give them rodents 1 1/2 times as big as the girth of the snake. However, we have found that not to be necessary. A blood's body should not be totally round, if they are, they're too fat. They should have a bit of a peak to their backs. Do not handle your snake for at least 24 hours after it has eaten. Adults you can cut back to 1 rodent every 2 weeks if you want. If you do this make sure it is a decent size meal, don't skimp.
Option 2: you can continue on the once a week regime with a slightly smaller meal than if you are feeding every two weeks.
Snakes in general tend not to eat when they are in shed. Just wait to feed until your blood sheds. Baby bloods usually will eat through the winter as long as they are warm enough. However, adults may skip some meals in winter. If you are prepared for the possibility of your blood python skipping some meals in winter, it won't be as stressful for you. Just keep an eye on the snake's overall condition and body weight. Typically, with a healthy blood python, this is nothing to worry about, though it can be a little frustrating. If your snake is healthy and your husbandry and temperatures and good, then just only offer it food every two weeks or so until it starts eating again

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1093 S Indian Creek Rd.
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Monday 09:00 - 17:00
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