Burmese Python

Characteristics

This heavy-bodied snake is colorful with reddish brown blotches outlined in cream or gold overlaying a ground color of pale tan, yellowish brown or gray.  The lighter phase subspecies, the Indian Python, is paler in color and smaller.

Behavior

The Burmese python is a non-venomous constrictor, and has infrared sensing organs near the mouth to aid in location of warm-blooded prey.  Nocturnal hunters, the pupils of the eyes expand to allow in more light. Burmese Pythons spend the majority of their time hidden in the underbrush. In the northern parts of its range it may brumate for some months during the cold season in a hollow tree, a hole in the riverbank or under rocks.

Did You Know?  

  • A python only needs to eat the equivalent of its body weight each year.  
  • The Burmese python is an excellent swimmer, being able to stay submerged for up to half an hour.

Our Animals

Our python was a private donation in 2004, and was captive born.

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Scientific Name Python molurus bivittatus
Conservation Status IUCN: Near Threatened
Size In the wild, the Burmese python typically grows to a length of 12 feet, and can weigh over 100 pounds!
Average Lifespan 20 - 30 years.
Wild Diet Like all snakes, Burmese pythons are carnivorous. Their diet consists primarily of small sized birds and mammals.
Found from Northeast India to Southern China, Malayan Peninsula, and the East Indies