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Blood Python

Python curtus brongersmai

  • Family: Pythonidae
  • Adult Size: Most blood pythons will grow to 6 or 7 feet in length and can weigh 25 to 40 pounds. The maximum length of this python exceeds 10 feet.
  • Range: Southeast Asia, from Vietnam to Peninsular Malaysia, and on the eastern portion of Sumatra.
  • Habitat: Edge of jungles and forests, near rivers and streams.
  • Captive Lifespan: More than 20 Years
  • Dangerous:
  • Care Level: Intermediate

Overview

Boas and pythons require clean enclosures with good ventilation. Most snakes will climb if branches or platforms are provided. Hideboxes should also be provided. All captive snakes require fresh water to drink in bowls made of nonporous materials.

As a general rule, most pythons and boas will do fine in temperatures ranging between 86 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 80 degrees Fahrenheit at night. It's a good idea to provide a basking spot 5 to 7 degrees warmer than the rest of the cage that the snake can voluntarily choose to enjoy.

Because of its potential size, it is critical to the health of these individual snakes that they be maintained in suitably large cages, similar to the space requirements of other python species of similar weights.

Boas and pythons are carnivorous animals that will feed on rodents such as mice, rats, hamsters and gerbils. Most pythons and boas are fed once a week.

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