Let's face it: there are a lot of misconceptions regarding the captive husbandry of blood & short-tailed pythons. These snakes are a classic example of how a shred of truth can become twisted and lost in a shroud of misinformation, or because "a friend of a friend's cousin had a blood python and that's what he said!" The truth is that blood pythons aren't rocket science, especially for herpetoculturists with a good working knowledge of husbandry fundamentals. In fact, these snakes are among the most rewarding python species to keep as is evidenced by their growing popularity, in addition to a dedicated following of die-hard keepers.
Throughout this section we strive to debunk the myths surrounding blood pythons and their short-tailed kin. The information within we present from the perspective of keepers who have worked with these animals for over a decade, and learned what works - and what doesn't - within our collection. We also offer ongoing, active discussion on the topic of blood python husbandry on our forums, populated by many experienced keepers. Please feel free to register & join our continuing exchange of ideas on the successful keeping of these beautiful & rewarding snakes.
Here you'll find a wealth of information on successfully keeping blood & short-tailed pythons. From creating the correct environment, to feeding, shedding and more, you'll find plenty of info on these pages to get you started off on the right foot.
Overview: Caging, substrate, temperature, humdiity, hides: creating the correct captive environment for your blood or STP.
What makes a blood python a blood python? How can you tell a Borneo STP from a Sumatran STP? And wait, aren't there blood pythons in Sumatra, too? Here we'll help you get to know "the short-tailed trifecta" on a deeper level, with information on each species, their distribution & natural history, variations in appearance, and more.
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