- They constrict their prey, so they don’t have fangs like some other snake species. They have back-facing teeth.
- They need to live near a constant supply of water.
- Many snakes only have one lung, but this species has two. One is much larger than the other.
- Their jaws can separate from each other, allowing the snake to eat prey four to five times the size of its own head.
Animals — Reptiles — Squamata (scaled reptiles) — Pythonidae (pythons)
Burmese pythons are the 3rd largest snake in the world. They have been known to reach 5.74m (12.1 ft) long! They are thought to be attractive, having dark brown patches bordered with black on a yellow-brown background. These patches could be compared to a giraffe’s in shape. Females are usually slightly longer, and much heavier, than males.
They are mostly ground dwelling as adults, as they can get so large, but especially when young they also climb trees. They are also good swimmers. They spend most of their time alone, hiding in undergrowth in wait for prey. They are solitary and are usually only seen together in the breeding season.
They are classified as “vulnerable” by the IUCN. This is due to hunting (to get skin for leather, their meat or to use their bodyparts for folk medicine), collection for the pet trade and habitat loss.
Habitat: Varies, usually found in forested areas such as rainforest, but also grasslands, marshes, streams and river areas.
–Average weight: 65kg
–Average length: 4m
In the wild up to: 20 years
In captivity up to: 25+ years
Diet: They are carnivores and so eat meat. They mostly eat small mammals and birds.
Distribution: Within Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, south China, and Indonesia.