Borneo Short-tailed Python

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Other common names: Borneo Blood Python, Borneo Python

Scientific name: Python curtus breitensteini

The basics:
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

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