THE PET FILE
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.
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
You can't expect them to be
affectionate - I always say snakes are wild animals. But they pick up on your moods.