There are two Burmese pythons at the Zoo. Abby was hatched in 1995 and weighs in at 89 pounds. Another smaller male, born in 2011, was added in June of 2013.
Status in the Wild
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Vulnerable. It has been slaughtered to supply the world leather market, as well as for folk medicines and captured for the pet trade. In recent years, extensive captive breeding has lessened the animals threat but unauthorized release of pet Burmese pythons in the Everglades has introduced an invasive species into a fragile environment.
The jungles and scrublands of Burma, Malasia and Thailand compose the Burmese python’s habitat.
The Burmese python eats appropriately sized mammals, birds and rodents.