Species group: Boas, Anacondas and Pythons
Other common names: Borneo Blood Python, Borneo Python
Scientific name: Python curtus breitensteini
Borneo Short-tailed Pythons are native to Malaysia, Sumatra, and the islands in the Strait of Malacca. They live in high humidity areas like swamps, riversides, and irrigated farmlands.
Appearance / health:
The Borneo Short-tailed Python is a short but robust and heavy-bodied snake, maturing to 4-5 feet in length. The typical body color varies from dark tan to chocolate brown and black. Cream to light tan colored markings are seen on the body. The head is yellowish to light brown, sometimes orange or peach. The side markings are variable: some are cream patches with brown or black borders; some are tan with dark brown shadings and cream to yellow edges. Some individuals display broken dorsal stripes, full-body striping, or marbled patterns of black and white scales.
Behavior / temperament:
Borneo Short-tailed Pythons are unpredictable and temperamental. Some can be typically calm and passive while others can become frisky and aggressive at times. Captive bred individuals that are often handled become tame and gentle.
Borneo Short-tailed Pythons are best kept in enclosures large enough to allow the snake to stretch out in full and turn around with ease. The substrate should be absorbent and easy to clean out like shredded newspaper or paper towels, cypress bark chips, gravel and peat moss, or reptile carpet. Moisture levels should be maintained at 60-70%, through misting and providing a moist sphagnum moss area in the enclosure. The ideal basking spot would be 86-87F, and the ambient temperature at 78-80F.
Fresh water should always be available in a dish large enough for the snake to soak in. Regular misting helps ensure the required high levels of humidity. The enclosure must be cleaned and disinfected regularly.
Like most Pythons, the Borneo Short-tailed Python can live on a diet of small rodents. Depending on the size of the snake, prey can be pinkies, mice, rats, gerbils, or small rabbits, freshly killed of frozen and thawed. Feeding live prey poses the risk of the prey harming the snake.
Borneo Short-tailed Pythons breed from November to March and lay clutches of 10-30 eggs that hatch in about 60 days.
large bodied snake, experienced keepers, great feeding response
nasty snake, Wild caught specimens, humidity levels
fairly squat tails, Moderate.Health vigor
Great for more experienced keepers
At work we have a nick name for our blood pythons, the "slugs", because they look like giant, lazy slugs - but don't be fooled, this is a snake that can move deceptively fast when it wants to and has a personality I would describe as unpredictable.
Some are out right aggressive, others seem docile, but can still be startled, or think something is food and lash out. Most seem pretty defensive in my experience and this is a large bodied snake, that may only reach 4 to 5 foot in length, but is very sturdy and weighs a lot - so if you take a bite you're going to be left with a significant bruise.
This is truth for both the common Red Blood Python and the rarer more unusual blood pythons, like the closely related short tailed blood python. The short tail is a bit of a silly name really, because all species of blood pythons have fairly squat tails. The main distinguishing feature is that short tails are a little bit smaller and even more compact, and are much darker in colouration than the other blood python species. Personality I've found them to all be very similar.
An interesting species to keep if you're experienced with reptiles and want a challenge..
From Athravan Jun 16 2015 8:43AM
Rewarding Captives, Not for Beginners
Appearance - What's there not to love about a big, fat, nasty snake?? I adore Borneos.
Temperament - Captive bred individuals that are handled regularly as hatchlings can become perfectly docile. Wild caught specimens can be just plain nasty.
Easy to handle - Not at all. Squirming, biting, pooing on you. You definitely need a few years of experience with snakes to handle these guys.
Visibility - Spend most of their time hiding.
Easy to keep - They've got a great feeding response, but they are a lot of maintenance.
Activity level - Moderate.
Health / vigor - Not as hardy as other species. Temperature and humidity levels are of great importance.
Easy to acquire - Captive bred specimens are becoming more and more popular in the pet trade.
Cost to own - They eventually need large enclosures and large food items, neither of which are cheap..
From Snake Keeper May 27 2009 6:25PM