I have been truly blessed to have been able to travel to this incredible place called New Guinea for over 10 years. I have developed life lasting relationships with local people that work hands on with these incredible animals. My main focus regarding this species is to gain a better understanding of this snakes natural behavior and ecology.
It has only been within the last few years that we have been making positive leaps towards greater captive success. My goal is to be able to utilize the wild behavior and data to help strengthen our captive understanding of the species making sure we are doing everything we can correctly while we are caring for them. The information that can be used with our animals that are currently in the hands of private collectors and professional facilities can be the starting point of success for the future. This in turn will help in elevating excessive over collection of Boelens pythons.
Currently there are three areas that these snakes are being collected from. The prominent spine of mountains referred to as the New Guinea Highlands, dominates the geography of the island, stretching over 1,600 km (1,000 mi) from the 'head' to the 'tail'. Boelens pythons in my opinion aren’t at risk at this specific moment of disappearing from New Guinea. However that could that could change at anytime. The areas that they inhabit have unfortunate interest from mining and deforestation. This is more of a threat to the species then collection in my opinion.
There are lots of areas for isolated population to reside that are inaccessible to people to reach.. I am also working with the local people and giving them a better understanding of why not to over collect the snake and how importatnt it is to not explote them. I have been traveling to different sites observing nesting areas and collecting basic population assessments.
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