There are two Burmese pythons at the Zoo. Abby, the female, was hatched in 1995. The smaller male, Mr. Slithers, was born in 2011 and came to the Zoo in June of 2013.
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.
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 four.