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Burmese python (Python molurus)

Burmese python
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Personal Information
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.

Habitat
The jungles and scrublands of Burma, Malasia and Thailand compose the Burmese python’s habitat.

Diet
The Burmese python eats appropriately sized mammals, birds and rodents.

  • The Burmese python is one of the largest of all snakes, growing up to 20 feet and weighing up to 200 pounds. It continues to grow throughout life.
  • Females are typically larger than males.
  • The Burmese python is not venomous; it kills its prey via constriction.
  • This species has a reputation for docility, but they are very powerful animals that can inflict severe bites.
  • These pythons reach adult size by age 4.