parasites inside their body. If it didn’t, it would be eaten. Patience. All of this contributes to a higher rate of snakes dying before they reach their destination. With this in mind, there are a few points to consider when setting up an enclosure for your blood python that will make the entire “balancing act” much easier. Snakes will try to scare you away before fully biting. Blood pythons are beautiful snakes with a ‘feisty’ personality, so you need to know how to handle them properly. Small, infrequent meals. The current bloods and short tails on the market are roughly 50% CB and 50% WC. They wrap around their prey and squeeze it until its heart stops. “Aggression” would be ramming the front of the tub as soon as it thinks a human is nearby. All rights reserved. Not too hot or too cold, not too wet or too dry, not too big or too small, and so forth. Their feeding reflex is surprisingly fast for their size, and catches people out. Further DNA analysis revealed that they were much more different than previously thought, and they became the species that we know today: the blood python (Python brongersmai), Borneo short-tailed python (P. breitensteini), Sumatran short-tailed python (P. curtus), and Myanmar short-tailed python (P. kyaiktiyo). Opaque walls. Blood pythons musk, hiss, and can be nippy. Every species’ biting reflex differs, with some striking faster than others. Modern blood python research has revealed that they are healthiest at 60% humidity. But what makes their bites especially painful is their biting reflex. You may spot what look like tiny teeth poking out. Blood pythons (and all pythons) lack all of these things. The active ingredient is produced by the cloacal scent gland. The rest is explained here. However, this reputation isn’t a fair reflection of all blood pythons. Why Do Blood Pythons Have Bad Temperament? Captive-bred blood pythons aren’t anywhere close to as defensive. The worst thing is their bite, which is much more painful than that of other types of snakes. They get defensive, and may attack when you’ve done nothing to provoke them. This biting response is triggered by hunger and the presence of food. Unlike some reptiles, this snake is known to have a feisty attitude that can be fun to get to know. Let me assure you that any snake can be aggressive even the most docile snake, but chances are that Blood Python is going to be stressed out when it … Pythons have four rows of teeth. Look for a breeder with calm animals that eat regularly. What sets us apart from the rest? Caring For A Blood Python: Final Thoughts. The teeth are longer than that, and you may see them through their translucent gums. They have to strike quickly, and they can, even though they’re large. Because they’re so tenacious, and frequently don’t let go of their bite, they can cause real damage. Again, that’s due to the fact that they were wild-caught. All snakes bite if they feel the need to. They are not as aggressive and ill-tempered as some would have you believe. Blood pythons can musk when handled, which is another reason they don’t make a good beginner pet. Whether captive-bred or not, the snake still possesses powerful jaws. One of the reasons blood pythons aren’t more popular is their temperament. Before 2001, the four species were all classified as subspecies together. However, this is not a care sheet. A 20lb adult male can be fed a large rat every 3 weeks and be perfectly happy. The purpose is to deter predators from wanting to eat the snake, because it smells and tastes foul. They will do so by bumping you with their nose. That’s why I set up snakesforpets.com – to answer every question that you could ever have about snakes as pets (and how they survive in the wild.) ReptiFiles.com is a compilation of factual, science-based research from the best reptile care resources in the world, packaged in one neat website. No additional lighting required or recommended. It’s something you have to get used to if you want to handle one. Cool temps. Anything over 85°F (30°C) is too hot and flips a switch, irritating even the calmest snakes. The first reason is to feed. ReptiFiles is not a veterinary website, nor is the author Mariah Healey a veterinarian. They will catch the snake and travel with it in unsafe, improper conditions. Although relatively short in length, blood pythons are incredibly muscular, earning them a heavy body, hard strikes, and powerful constricting ability. He is the first to disagree with anyone labeling a blood as “aggressive” or “nasty.” His current breeding projects focus on Borneo short-tailed pythons. In other words, they are simply scared out of their minds.