The blood python occurs naturally in Malaysia, Sumatra and adjacent
islands. Until the mid-1980s it had the reputation of being difficult
to maintain in captivity, frequently dying at short notice and for
no apparent reason.
1983 our Society received a Meritorious Breeding Award from the
National Federation of Zoological Gardens for the successful hatching
and rearing of several blood pythons. Although the eggs were laid,
incubated and hatched here, mating probably took place before their
arrival, so we have never felt totally proud of this achievement.
The young have been maintained here ever since and we have gone
on to breed these snakes several times since.
snake achieves its name from the blood-red blotches on a grey tan
or brown ground colour. The animal is sometimes called the short
python because of its stumpy, short tail.