Common name: Burmese Python
Scientific name: Python bivittatus
Burmese pythons are found in forests, grasslands, and wetlands of continental southeast Asia as well as some Indonesian islands.
Wild Burmese pythons feed mostly on mammals, but also birds, reptiles, and amphibians.
Burmese pythons are one of the world’s largest snakes (often considered the third largest), reaching lengths of almost 6 metres and weights of up to 90 kilograms. Usually females are slightly longer and considerably heavier than males. They are mostly nocturnal, using their strong sense of smell and heat-sensitive vision to help locate their prey at night.
Vulnerable | Populations of Burmese pythons have declined by at least 30% across it’s their natural range due to overharvesting for meat and skins and as well as habitat loss and degradation.
Did you know that the skeleton of a 5.35 metre, 75 kilogram Burmese python from the Florida Everglades was reassembled in 2014 at the Florida Museum. It had a total of 338 vertebrae and over 100 teeth?!