Red Blood Python

Blood Python at Wingham Wildlife Park, Kent

Red Blood Python Natural History

Size

This species grows to between 4 and 6 feet (122 cm-183 cm) and weighs up to 14 kg with females generally growing larger than males.

Habitat and Distribution

The lowland swampy habitats and forests of Indonesia

Age

These snakes have a lifespan of up to 25 years.

Diet

Red blood pythons primarily feed on rodents.

Groups and Breeding

Up to 70 days after breeding with a male the female will lay between 12 and 30 eggs. Unlike many other snake species blood pythons remain with their eggs, coiling around them and vibrating to provide the heat needed for them to develop. Up to 80 days after laying her eggs they hatch. Hatchlings are generally around 13 inches (33 cm).

Threats

The red blood python is currently listed by the IUCN as least concern. However, the species is hunted for its skin, for the pet trade and traditional medicine. Additionally, habitat loss for agricultural development is also a threat to these snakes.

Interesting facts

They are also called short pythons and short-tailed pythons.

The Red Blood Python During Your Day Out in Kent

The red blood python here at Wingham Wildlife Park is on permanent display in the Reptile house. The reptile house is home to a number of other reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates including the gray’s monitors, Mexican red knee tarantula and cane toad.