Acquired: Online breeder / seller
Ohio, United States
Posted Aug 21, 2015
Blood Pythons have a feeding response similar to a Reticulated Python - they're always hungry and go crazy at the smell of food! Due to this response, they can easily mistake you for food which is why it's a good idea to either feed them outside of their enclosure or use a snake hook, or some sort of object to tap them on the head when it's not feeding time. In my experience, Black Blood Pythons are the most tame and easily handled. Other subspecies need lots of attention to maintain a friendly attitude. If they get lots of handling time, it's not too difficult to make them comfortable around people but if you're someone who doesn't have much time to spend with your snake, this may not be the best species for you.
There are a few different Blood Python species to consider when looking into these snakes - each are from different areas of Asia.
With these snakes being ambush predators, they don't need large enclosures. A 10 gallon could house one for about a year or so depending on how much they're fed. I keep my hatchling in a plastic shoebox with cypress bedding to hold in lots of humidity. They don't move very often and are typically hiding.
If you are someone who will dedicate time to handle this species and doesn't mind a snake with a heavy feeding response, this animal is a great choice!