All Antaresia pythons are snakes native to Australia. There are no other Antaresia snakes in the world except for those found in their native
environments and those which have been captive bred are in the collections of keepers and herp enthusiasts around the world, like me.
Right now, basically any Antaresia python seen or purchased in North America is captive bred here. This population is believed to have started
with a bunch of pythons illegally imported from Australia twenty or so years ago. But then who knows - the importation/exportation laws were not
defined precisely at that time ;)
Some of the imports apparently also originated from Europe, like Germany for example.
The number of people interested in these small snakes is growing. They are a very attractive alternative to the bigger species - after all
the Antaresia pythons are the smallest pythons in the world, and yet as much pythons as a python can be !
I would also like to say that none of the Antaresia pythons, including the Children's, spotted, Stimsons and Anthill pythons, are
on the endangered species list.
Besides all that have been said about these snakes, all Antaresia have a one more common characteristic to them - they become really tame.
In my opinion, Children's pythons and spotted pythons are the perfect beginner snakes. (I would like to also mention the
Anthill Python (Antaresia perthensis) and the Stimson's Python (Antaresia stimsoni), but they are still a bit rare here and expensive)