Borneo Short-tailed Python
Python curtus breitensteini
- Family: Pythonidae
- Adult Size: 3 to 5 feet, the maximum length for this form slightly exceeds 6 feet. Big specimens may weigh 20 pounds.
- Range: Island of Borneo
- Habitat: Low elevations on the edge of swamps.
- Captive Lifespan: More than 20 Years
- Care Level: Intermediate
The Borneo short-tailed python is an excellent captive and pet. 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.
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.