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This individual is a young male, about 18” in length.
He’s eating live adult mice 1x per week.
Blood Pythons are an interesting and beautiful snake to own. Their unique, stout body shape as well as the wide array of colors and patterns they are available in makes them popular for many python keepers.
Red blood pythons, while earth-toned as babies, undergo a color change when they mature and exhibit deep red colors as adults.
We recommend them for more experienced snake owners because of their feisty temperaments and strong, thick bodies. Frequent handling is encouraged, especially for young pythons, to help keep them tame.
These powerful ambush predators are native to the swamplands, agricultural areas and grasslands of the Malay peninsula.
Females rarely exceed 6 feet in length and usually top out closer to 5.5 feet. Males typically reach closer to 4.5 feet in length. They often live up to 30 years old.
Quick care stats:
Temperatures: 87 degrees Fahrenheit in the basking area, 75 degrees Fahrenheit on the cool end.
Tank size: 10 gallons for babies. 30-40 gallons for juveniles/adults.
Tank type: . Standard rectangle. Provide a good amount of floor space.
Lighting: Both a heat pad and a dimmable heat lamp are recommended for snakes living in glass tanks. Thermostats are also helpful. Full spectrum UVB lighting is not required for this species but is highly recommended for all reptiles for overall welfare.
Substrate and furniture: Soil, bark or coconut fiber substrate 2” deep or deeper. Sphagnum moss should be present in parts of the enclosure on top of the substrate but not covering it completely. Provide a water dish that is large enough for the snake to curl up into for soaking.
Handling: Blood Pythons tolerate gentle handling well and can be handled a few times per week. Just watch for signs of stress and try to limit sessions to 30-45 minutes.
When not to handle: After the snake has eaten, give them 2-3 days to digest their food before handling them again. When you first bring the snake home or move it to a new enclosure, wait at least 3 days before handling it to give it a chance to settle in to the new environment.
Feeding frequency: every 4-5 days for babies, 1x per week for juveniles and adults. Prey item should be as wide as the widest part of the snake's body.