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Latin name: Python brongersmai
This female hatched September 2020 and is approximately 2’ in length. She’s very tame which is common for T-negative blood pythons. She’s a good eater and is on frozen thawed hopper mice.
T-negative refers to genetic mutation which reduces the amount of an amino acid called Tyrosine which is responsible for creating melanin in an animal.
General info and temperament: 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.
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.
Habitat and lifestyle: These powerful ambush predators are native to the swamplands, agricultural areas and grasslands of the Malay peninsula.
Size and lifespan: 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 have been known to be defensive and bitey but individuals who have been worked with enough tolerate can gentle handling well, especially when they’ve been handled since babies. A blood python that is used to being held can be handled a few times per week. Just watch for signs of stress and try to limit sessions to 20 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.