QUICKCARE for BLOOD PYTHONS (babies)
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Day temps- 85-92 degrees F
Night temps- 81-83 degrees F
Setup- Newspaper or Cypress Mulch substrate, at least one secure, tight, low hide spot, large water dish, separate hide spot with moistened sphagnum moss. We use heat tape to achieve an elevated hot spot in the low 90's. The cage itself has a relatively dry substrate with a separate area for humidity access. Too much moisture can cause skin problems, so be careful not to saturate the cage.
Daily care- Mist once every day or two, depending on cage ventilation, spot clean cypress and keep fairly dry.
Feeding- Feed one appropriately sized rodent once a week. Most babies start well on rat pups. The prey item should be the same diameter as the largest girth of the snake. When in doubt, take a step up in size, Bloods are greedy feeders.
Notes- Most captive bred Bloods are temperamental until a year or two old, most should calm down with age. Color also comes with age, with the most vibrant color and pattern starting to develop in the second year.
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