Blood Pythons


Blood Pythons and their relatives

What’s a blood and what’s a short tail?This group includes three different types of snakes that commonly get confused for each other. 
1) Blood pythons:
Python brongersmai –  the largest and naturally red
2) Borneo short tail pythons:
Python breitensteini – brown or tan
3) Sumatran short tail pythons (blackbloods):
Python curtus – yellow-brown or black

These snakes are native to south east Asia and found in countries like Myanmar and Borneo.  There is actually a fourth group of snakes in this family but they are not well known, nor easily found in captivity.  The blood and short tail pythons are a bit more spunky than the other snakes we have at Snake Haus.  They have a reputation for being flighty and bitey, but generations of captive breeding have helped to dampen those characteristics. 
These beauties can have very colorful patterns and a thick heavy body that is quite unique to this group.   They are considered to be a medium sized python and don’t tend to get much bigger than 5′ long; with the exception some of the older adult blood pythons that have been seen to reach 8′ and into the range of 30 or 40lbs.  A snake in this group that is only about 5′ long can easily weigh in the 20lb range. 

Visit with the Snake Haus blood pythons here.  Click on the links below to read about them.

Photo credits: Brian Cimala

The photos above show the three different types of Short Tails.  The first is a Borneo, the second is a melanistic Sumatran (black blood), and the last photo shows two of the red Blood pythons.  Snake Haus has three different colors of blood pythons.  Meet them below:

Red Blood Python

Yellow Blood Python

T- Albino Blood Python

Melanistic Sumatran Short Tail (Black Blood)

Watch this short clip to see size and shape of a mature adult female blood python.

Blood python training:Rowen is still wheezing badly but the fluid in her lungs is finally starting to clear up. She’s also starting to trust me more which is really nice. She gets very scared and jumpy if anyone moves too fast around her so we have to be very gentle and slow in everything we do with her. Tonight was the first time she actually held onto me while I was working with her. That’s a good sign that she’s starting to understand that she is safe in my arms. Teaching a scared snake that they are safe in your arms while also giving injections regularly is challenging but absolutely essential. We could get Rowen’s treatments done in 1/10 of the time each night but that would just scare her and make her hate being handled. The boas are much easier to train because they are more likely to hold on and like to hide so all you have to do is sit with them in your lap while they hide under a blanket. Rowen HATES not being able to see what’s around her while being handled so that technique doesn’t work with her. Sitting still doesn’t work either. If I sit down with her she sort of forgets that I’m handling her and then jumps and gets scared again every time I move. She does best if I just slowly walk around the room in circles with her in my arms which is a great arm workout – 21lbs gets heavy fast but thankfully I’m stronger than I look! 😆 Any time you’re working with a scared animal it’s really important to pay attention to their body language – discover and provide what they need to feel safe and start trusting you. And most of all be patient.

Posted by Sara Mayes on Monday, June 25, 2018