Borneo Short-Tailed Python
Life Span: Over 20 Years But Much More In Captivity
Eggs or young: average clutch 18-30 eggs.
Appearance: This is a heavy
bodied snake. Short and stout probably best describes them. Females usually
reach an average of 4 - 5 feet. Males are usually smaller, averaging 3
- 4 feet. There are of course some specimens that can reach up to 6 feet.
These are usually older females whose weight usually exceeds 30 -35 pounds.
Ease of care: Not really a
beginner snake. The keeper should have some experience with boids. A large
tame Blood python might not be the largest python but they are still impressive
animals with great strength.
Temperament:Borneo's do have
variable temperaments however; most can be quite calm and docile, while
others can be a bit high-strung.
The important thing to remember when providing caging for a blood python , or indeed any short-tailed python , is to be guided by the animal's weight , not its comparatively small size . The cage needs to be as big as it would be for a thinner-bodied python of an equal weight . Make sure that the cage is long enough for your short-tailed python to stretch out almost its full lenght , and broad enough so it can turn around . Being able to strech out seems to help avoid the respiratory infections that are chronic problems with blood pythons.
Temperature: Borneo Short tailed Pythons should be kept in the mid 80's. In fact they would do better if kept with a temperature gradient. On one side of the enclosure being warm and the otherside cooler. the warm side should be around 85 - 90 and the cool side around 79- 81. But these are just guidelines. Your temperature settings can be different but they have to be close to these figures. Also try not to expose your Bornoe to temperatures cooler than 75. As far as humidity is concerned, it should be kept at around 65% to 75%. Around shed time I increase my humidity to 80 - 85%.
Substrate: Newspaper is fine. It is easy to clean up. The only thing is it is not very aesthetic. Another fine substrate with ease of maintenace would be paper towels. Other substrates also include carpet, cypress bark chips, potting soil, gravel and peat moss. I find the aformentioned substrates to be difficult to maintain. What I am currently using are extra wee wee pads we had when we were training the dogs. These wee wee pads are available in your local pet store. They are also easily attainable in the health care profession. These wee wee pads are the blue diaper things that have a plastic bottom and a cloth top. They are albe to hold moisture and also keep your cage from getting dirt all over it. When you need more humidity, these are great because you can pour the water right over them. And when it is time to clean up, just pick up and throw away. I also place a heating pad underneath the wee wee pads. This also helps to put even more humidity in the animals enclosure. When I used newspapers and other substrates I had problems keeping the humidity up.