Sumatran Short-tailed Python - Five Sisters Zoo

Also Known as the “Blood Python” due to their colouration, – Colour pattern is extremely variable from individual to individual.

Most individuals have a grey head, with a body that is predominantly brown, orange or red. They usually have a stripe behind the angle of their eyes to the jaw. They have a big muscular body and short tail.

  • Diet: Carnivore
  • Weight:  15 – 18 kilograms
  • Length: 2 metres
  • Habitat: Forest and caves of Indonesia
  • Life span:  25 years under human care

Adapted to Survive

  • Individuals camouflage well in their native forest habitats
  • They can swim
  • Individuals stay still or hide in caves in order to ambush prey


  • Habitat loss due to agricultural development.
  • individuals are poached for their skin.
  • Pet trade

IUCN Conservation Status

Least Concern