Red Blood Python Natural History
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
These snakes have a lifespan of up to 25 years.
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).
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.
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.