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Burmese Python

Animal Essentials

Scientific Name:
Python molurus bivittatus
Park Location:
Zoo
Origin:
Malaysia, Burma, Thailand & Indochina
Habitat:
Tropical Jungle & Scrubland

Amazing Facts

When the female Burmese python is coiled around her eggs if the temperature drops she ‘shivers’ and this motion generates heat to keep the eggs alive.
Burmese burmesepython are great swimmers and can stay submerged in water for up 30 minutes.
All snakes can dislocate their bottom jaw, which enables them to eat large prey animals whole.

One of the true giants, the Burmese Python can reach lengths of over 7m (20 feet) and weigh as much as 91kg (200lb).

Burmese Pythons are constrictors, which means that they kill their prey by asphyxiation (strangling). As the snake strikes, it bites its prey then wraps its large body around it. By tensing the muscles in its body, the python stops its prey from being able to breathe.

They can also eat prey that is much larger than the size of their head and the girth (width) of their body. The Burmese Python can actually unhinge its bottom jaw and swallow a meal much larger than you would think possible.

Burmese Pythons are found in the jungles of Burma, Malaysia and Thailand.

After mating early in the year, the female will lay between 20 and 100 eggs. These eggs will be kept warm by the female who will coil around them and stay there until they are hatched – approximately two months after laying. During this time she will not eat or drink. However, once hatched, the young snakes are totally independent and require no parental care at all.

Burmese burmesepython are threatened in many parts of their range due to their intricate patterning and large size, which make them highly prized by hunters. Skin from the Burmese is used to create a whole range of leather accessories such as boots, shoes, belts and handbags.

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