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Hi my female and male carpet pythons were put together and the female began wagging her tail and some pink bits were seen by her cloaca then after a bit of time I saw what looked like dark blood on the newspaper but when looking over both snakes there were no bleeding spots or anything I separated them and then after a clean out of the cage I saw some more of the dried blood trails in my females tank but no blood on her anywhere ? Anyone have any ideas?
 

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I don't know if the blood thing is normal, maybe give "vet 2 you" a call. He's the best in the Whitsundays.
[doublepost=1524517785,1524517579][/doublepost]some photos could be helpful too, there are some clever people on here.
 

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Its normal.
Hi my female and male carpet pythons were put together and the female began wagging her tail and some pink bits were seen by her cloaca then after a bit of time I saw what looked like dark blood on the newspaper but when looking over both snakes there were no bleeding spots or anything I separated them and then after a clean out of the cage I saw some more of the dried blood trails in my females tank but no blood on her anywhere ? Anyone have any ideas?

Completely normal
 

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so, is the tail wagging thing normal too? and is it a sign that she's ready to mate?
 

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It could well be blood.
It can be distressing the 1st time you see it but I assure you there is nothing unusual in this at all.
 

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It could well be blood.
It can be distressing the 1st time you see it but I assure you there is nothing unusual in this at all.
Thank you so much! I freaked out so does that mean that the most like mated when I wasn't looking?

This has been helpful I was expecting the tail wagging but the blood seemed to throw me off and the first thing I though was that they've bitten each other but both are completely fine and didn't seem stressed at all
[doublepost=1524534312,1524534241][/doublepost]Thank you everyone for all your help, both snakes aren't stressed at all and since I cleaned the cage again I haven't seen more of the blood so they should be okay :)
 

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That's good to know. Not sure if I'll give breeding a go or not this season but at least I'll know what to look for. Always learn something new on here.
 

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While many are quite 'brazen' some can be very secretive.

To embelish on my comment.
Last year for some reason my snakes were hardly seen mating at all. One female I never saw mating laid 12 healthy eggs. Another I saw mating only twice laid 11.

The previous season I saw them mate so many times I stopped taking notes. This was a behaviour that was noticed by another breeder I spoke too last season as he was experiencing similar behaviour from his. Not sure why, (ambient temps or weather would be my best guess) but it certainly wasn't a one off it was accross my whole breeding collection.
 
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