Owner: Jac Taylor, Strathfield

Owner: Jac Taylor, Strathfield

What is it?

Lily is an Atherton Tablelands jungle python - she's 12 years old and just under two metres long.

Where do I get one?

I joined certain Yahoo chat groups and learned a great deal through that - you don't go to a pet shop and get a snake, and I think we all rather like it that way.

What does it cost to keep one?

In summer a snake eats once a week and in winter you've got a snake eating once a month. She eats one large rat per cycle - each rat costs about $10 or $11. I had my enclosure custom-built in the corner of the lounge room - it cost about $400.

What maintenance is required?

You need to give them a certain amount of attention so they stay tame.

Who does it suit?

Snakes are great pets, particularly if you travel and are away a lot. They're pretty clean as well, which makes them really good for kids.

Any cons?

You need to know their cycle so you're not giving her a nice hug and she suddenly poos all over you - there's not a whole lot of warning.

Where do they sit on the

affection scale?

You can't expect them to be

affectionate - I always say snakes are wild animals. But they pick up on your moods.

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