We at Sinister Serpents Exotics are very happy to give our customers the ability to buy Sumatran Short Tail Pythons ("Black Blood" Pythons) online through our website with safe and affordable, super fast overnight shipping - nationwide. In addition to the pure Chrome Head and Black Head Sumatran Short Tail Pythons we will be producing, we will be producing and line breeding some very unique, world's first Superball hybrids (Sumatran x Ball Python). We are very excited about these projects and looking forward to making these unique crosses available in the future, along with our Sumatran Short Tail Pythons for sale online.
Our customers will always have peace of mind in knowing that when they buy Sumatran Short Tail Pythons for sale on our website, they will receive only high quality, healthy Sumatran Short Tail Pythons that are professionally packaged, shipped and delivered overnight to their doorstep with our 100% Arrive Alive Guarantee! Our customers can also rest assured knowing that our Sumatran Short Tail Python's genetics, lineages and percentages have been carefully identified and documented and are exactly as advertised. Before we place our Sumatran Short Tail Pythons for sale online it is important to us that we spend time handling each snake on an individual basis to start acclimating them to human interaction and making sure that they have eaten at least a few times without any problems after their first shed. Every one of our Sumatran Short Tail Pythons for sale online will be shipped with a birth certificate, a unique identification number and full lineage disclosure along with parental sizes and photos for our customers to keep for their records.
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We still have about another year and a half to go before our Sumatran Short Tail Pythons reach breeding size and we are anticipating our first hatchlings somewhere between early and mid 2020. We are very excited about all of our current and upcoming Sumatran Short Tail Python breeding projects and we're looking forward to introducing some unique Superball hybrid genetics into these projects. We hope you will keep us in mind and check back often.
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FIRST TIME SUMATRAN SHORT TAIL PYTHON BUYER?
If you have never cared for a pet Sumatran Short Tail Python (aka "Black Blood" Python)of your own and you are trying to decide if a Sumatran Short Tail Python would be the right pet for you, we highly recommend reading our basic guide before you decide to buy a Sumatran Short Tail Python. Firstly, the term, "Black Blood" Python is simply a nickname given to Sumatrans. It is nonetheless an improper classification, as Sumatran Short Tail Pythons, Blood Pythons and Borneo Short Tail Pythons are three separate species. Despite the reputation they had many years ago, Sumatran Short Tail Pythons make amazing pets. They are generally very docile with proper handling and they are easy to care for. The best part is, Sumatran Short Tail Pythons can potentially live for up to 20 - 30 or more years with proper care! Sumatran Short Tail Pythons are generally recommended for intermediate keepers, but they are fine for new keepers, who are comfortable handling snakes that get a little larger. Adult female Sumatran Short Tail Pythons will typically be larger than males. This is known as Sexual Dimorphism, which is common in many snake species. Typically an average adult female will reach 3' – 4' and weigh 10 - 15 pounds. An average adult male will generally reach 2' – 3' and weigh 8 - 10 pounds.
"Why Are There Are So Many Different Kinds Of Sumatran Short Tail Pythons For Sale Online?"
There are basically three different strains of Sumatran Short Tail Pythons - Black Heads, Chrome Heads and Orange Heads (sometimes referred to as "Pumpkin Heads"). They are all the same species, which simply derive from different sections of the island of Sumatra. The Orange Head variety is slightly more rare, so they will generally be the most expensive of the Sumatran Short Tail Pythons for sale online.
Sumatran Short Tail Python Care & Husbandry - Prepare Before You Buy A Sumatran Short Tail Python
Once you have decided to buy a Sumatran Short Tail Python, we highly recommend doing extensive research on the care, husbandry and genetics of Sumatran Short Tail Pythons. Before you buy a Sumatran Short Tail Python you should already have everything setup and ready for it's arrival before you place your order. You will need an appropriate size enclosure, heat tape or a heat pad and most importantly a good quality thermostat to accurately control the temperature consistantly. We also highly recommend having a digital laser thermometer to get the most accurate surface temperatures throughout the enclosure, as well as a thermometer/hygrometer, which will stay in the enclosure to monitor the ambient temperature and humidity. You will also need to provide a hide on the warm side of the enclosure. Maintaining proper temperatures and humidity levels are the most important factors for keeping Sumatran Short Tail Pythons healthy. It is vital for proper digestion and shedding and preventing respiratory infections. Substrate is a topic of great debate in the Sumatran Short Tail Python community. We highly recommend newspaper or paper towels over any of the substrates. We feel that it's much more sanitary, easier to clean and it eliminates the inevitability of Sumatran Short Tail Pythons swallowing substrate during feedings and potentially developing serious digestive problems. If you choose to use substrate we advise feeding them outside of the enclosure in a different container.
Housing & HumidityWe believe that a Sumatran Short Tail Python enclosure's combined length + width should not equal any less than the length of the snake. So, for example; a 4' adult Sumatran Short Tail Python should not be kept in an enclosure any less than 3' long x 1' wide. The height of the enclosure is not that important, as Sumatran Short Tail Pythons are non-arboreal and spend most of their time on the ground in swampy, low-lying areas in the wild. Anything over 6" in height will be more than sufficient. Fish aquariums with screen or wire lids are widely advised against for Sumatran Short Tail Pythons and many other species, because they do not hold humidity. If you prefer to use a fish aquarium with a screen or wire lid it will be necessary to seal the lid with a sheet of heavy plastic, being sure to leave an area uncovered for ventilation. For display type enclosures we highly recommend either building or purchasing a PVC or plastic enclosure. The simplest, cheapest and most secure enclosure you can provide for your Sumatran Short Tail Python is a plastic storage container with lockable latches. You would just need to simply drill holes across the front and sides of the tub for ventilation. We keep the ambient humidity level of our whole snake room between 50% and 60% by using a cheap, but high performance 9 gallon humidifer. When our snakes go in shed we give their enclosures (and the snake) a generous daily misting with warm water until they have finished shedding. For Sumatran Short Tail Pythons, we recommend keeping a large water dish in their enclosure that is big enough for them to soak in. They love to soak and it helps increase the overall humidity levels in the enclosure. 60% - 70% humidity is ideal for Sumatran Short Tail Pythons.
We do not recommend using reptile lights as a heat source for Sumatran Short Tail Pythons, as they can dry the snake's skin out, as well as the enclosure. Instead, we recommend providing under-belly heat, such as THG heat tape. The heat tape should be wide enough to take up the rear 1/3 of the enclosure. It is very important that the heat tape is plugged into a thermostat in order to control the temperature. Ideally, the enclosure's hot spot should be between 82 and 84 degrees fahrenheit. The ambient temperature of the enclosure should be between 78 and 80 degrees with a cool side that is no less than 75 degrees.
As a general rule, one appropriate size rat every 7 days is more than adequate for most Sumatran Short Tail Pythons for the first 3 years of its life. Sumatran Short Tail Pythons have enormous appetites and very slow metabolisms, so they can very easily become obese if over-fed. If they start to show signs of getting overweight their feedings should be cut back to every 14 - 21 days accordingly. Even though Sumatran Short Tail Pythons are very fat, heavy bodied snakes, even as adults they will never need to be fed anything larger than large rats. With regards to prey size, our rule of thumb with most of our snakes is to feed prey that is the same diameter of the thickest part of the snake's body. Though, slightly larger is fine for Sumatran Short Tail Pythons. Frozen/thawed rats are the most convenient and economical choice for Sumatran Short Tail Pythons. Sumatran Short Tail Pythons are notoriously great eaters, so getting them switched over from live to frozen/thawed very quickly is usually not a problem. Before you buy a Sumatran Short Tail Python, we highly recommend finding an online source for frozen rats and a private local source for live rats. We are finding that some of the major pet store chains will no longer sell live rats to someone if they know they will be feeding them to snakes and their frozen rats are ridiculously expensive! The wisest choice is to breed your own rats. One pair of breeder rats are very simple and cheap to care for and can produce enough offspring to keep one Sumatran Short Tail Python fed year round.
Why Buy Sumatran Short Tail Pythons Online Directly From Breeders VS Local Pet Shops?
There are many reasons why it is a much better idea to buy Sumatran Short Tail Pythons online directly from experienced breeders than pet stores. There have been countless reports of emaciated Sumatran Short Tail Pythons for sale in major pet store chains, as well as "Mom and Pop" pet shops. In many cases, the sales associates you will find working in major pet store chains have extremely limited knowledge or experience working with Sumatran Short Tail Pythons. In most cases, pet shops aren't even able to properly sex the Sumatran Short Tail Pythons for sale in their stores, so buyers won't even know if they are buying a male or female. Additionally, when you buy a Sumatran Short Tail Python at a pet shop, most of them will not be able to provide accurate genetic, lineage or parental information or even a date of birth. This is all very basic, yet very important information that should always be provided when you buy a Sumatran Short Tail Python. Simply put, pet stores buy Sumatran Short Tail Pythons at wholesale prices from breeders then mark them up and they know very little about them. Their only concern is selling the Sumatran Short Tail Pythons at a huge profit. When you buy Sumatran Short Tail Pythons online directly from breeders, even the smallest of hobbyist Sumatran Short Tail Python breeders understand the importance of keeping detailed documentation of all the above information for their Sumatran Short Tail Pythons for sale and take great pride in doing so.
Why Buy Sumatran Short Tail Pythons Online From Smaller Breeders VS Major Breeders?
First and foremost, in no way do we mean any disrespect whatsoever to any of the other larger, well known breeders in the community with Sumatran Short Tail Pythons for sale online. In fact, we have nothing but the utmost respect for them. Some of them are the true innovators and forefathers of Sumatran Short Tail Python breeding, who have discovered some of the coolest genetic mutations in the world! However, there are some things we feel that people, who are looking to buy Sumatran Short Tail Pythons for sale online should be aware of. Firstly, a lot of the bigger, well known breeders are mass producing Sumatran Short Tail Pythons. Some of them have hundreds and even thousands of Sumatran Short Tail Pythons to care for at any given time. There are a lot of potential problems that come with keeping that many snakes. For example; some of the most well known breeders with Sumatran Short Tail Pythons for sale online are known to have mite infestations in their collections. If you buy a Sumatran Short Tail Python with mites it is treatable, but if you have other Sumatran Short Tail Pythons the mites can very quickly infest your entire collection. The obvious underlying problem with keeping such large numbers of snakes is that it is simply impossible to give each animal the proper amount of care, time and handling they should have before they are sold. One last problem we will mention is the lack of personal customer service. Try to communicate with some of the well known breeders directly or even just email them through their websites. Quite a few times we have done so and we couldn't believe how common it is for some of them to never answer their phones, return phone calls or even respond to an email to answer basic questions about the Sumatran Short Tail Pythons for sale on their websites. When you buy a Sumatran Short Tail Python from smaller breeders every Sumatran Short Tail Python and every customer is much more personal to them. So, in most cases, you will have much better direct communication, much higher quality customer service and the snakes will have had much more care, time and handling put into them. For many of us smaller breeders, it will take years for us to even reach the point of being able to begin profiting enough from putting our Sumatran Short Tail Pythons for sale online to cover our costs of caring for of our animals. Once again, we mean no disrespect, but please be aware that "big name brands" + "big name" prices definitely do not equal the highest quality in this industry.