INTRODUCTION
I had several pythons in the mid 1990’s and got my first blood python around 1995. I was amazed at the girth to length ratio of the yearling. I had a hard time finding any information on blood pythons at the time. I have seen the number of Blood python breeders rise while information still not very accessible. In this care sheet I will share what has worked for me with these large pythons.
 
TRADE NAME(S)
Borneo Blood Python
 
SCIENTIFIC NAME
Python Breitensteini
 
RANGE & ORIGIN
Borneo Blood python is found in Island of Borneo.
 
ADULT SIZE
Males will attain 36" to 50" inches and females attain 45" to 56" inches. Some older males and females may get slightly larger.
 
LIFE SPAN
Kept in good conditions these large snakes can live 20 to 30 years in captivity.
 
ENCLOSURE
Babies can be in shoe box until feeding regularly. Adults need cage large enough to turn around and adequate ventilation, 4' 2' 18" cage works great for adults. Always use cage that is easy to clean and sanitize.
 
SUBSTRATE
Paper, cypress mulch, and reptile bark all work well. Anything other than paper will require more work.
 
TEMPERATURE & LIGHTING
Blood pythons thrive at 82F degrees on the cool end and 88F degrees on the warm end. It is very important with blood pythons to always know the temperatures. It’s also important to know your humidity and keep it around 55 to 65 %.
 
SOCIAL STRUCTURE
Blood pythons do well in separate cages unless trying to breed.
 
DIET, WATER & SUPPLEMENTS
Babies feed on rat pups once a week and change over to pre killed rats or F/T (frozen thawed) as soon as possible. Adults feed on rats and small rabbits every two weeks. I never feed live rats or rabbits to my Blood Pythons.
 
CLEANING
Clean the cage once every two weeks or if there is any urine or feces. Clean with water and 3% bleach every two months. Water bowls are cleaned every week and fresh water is given. Blood pythons require lots of fresh water.
 
HANDLING
Baby blood pythons do well when held at very young ages. I usually hold them three times a week and this helps get them used to being held.
 
CONCLUSION
Borneo Blood pythons have many different color tones on neck, head, and body in an even more condensed body. Borneo Bloods are more tolerant to change in temps and humidity but should still be monitored closely. I see more and more blood python owners now than ever. Captive bred Bloods for sale now are more common, I see more in the future.
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jeremy Dillon is the owner of Jeremy Dillon Reptiles in Tulsa, OK. He has bred Blood Pythons, Ball Pythons and Leopard Geckos.
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