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I had the opportunity of working with several fresh hatchlings and have found like most python species they need to be kept humid but not wet. Keeping hatchlings wet usually develops blisters on the skin which can lead to infections. Boelen’s hatchlings perch readily when provided with branches/perches so keeping the substrate moist works best for humidity control. Check the captive management section for additional information.

Even as fresh hatchlings M. boeleni exhibit the beautiful
iradescense found on adults.
Photo by Spataro.

Pictured is a fresh hatchling exhibiting both dehydration and some small skin blisters. The blisters were the result of the hatchling being kept to moist. In order to correct the problem the previous keeper proceeded to keep the hatchling too dry allowing dehydration and a stuck shed.
Photo by Spataro.

 

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Hatchlings are generally easy to get feeding and like to perch as well. Photo by Baldogo.

Hatchlings and young Boelen's Pythons should be fed appropriate sized meals. Meals that are too large can result in regurgetation.
Photo by Spataro

     

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