Blood Python

Python curtusBlood Python

Description: The Blood Python gets its name from the resemblance their rich, red scale color has to blood. Although they only reach lengths of 6 feet, relatively small for a python, they do have considerable girth, weighing up to 40 or 50 pounds. Like pit vipers such as rattlesnakes and cottonmouths, pythons have pits in the roof of their mouths that they use to sense infrared heat coming off of other animals which suggests a strong relation between pythons and venomous snakes. Blood Pythons, with their exotic red coloration and beautiful pale splotches, are now considered a threatened species in some places because of collection for leather trade.

Range: Southeast Asia

Habitat: Usually swamps or poorly drained forests. Blood Pythons commonly lay still underwater waiting to ambush unknowing prey.

Diet:
Wild: Variety of rodents, small mammals, and birds.
Zoo: Rodents

Reproduction: Blood Pythons are some of the few reptiles to actually care for their eggs. While most snakes lay and leave their clutch, these snakes will actually coil around them and shiver which provides warmth for the incubating eggs.