The Burmese Python

DESCRIPTION

Burmese pythons are dark-colored snakes with many brown blotches bordered in black down the back.

In the wild, Burmese pythons grow to 3.7 metres (12 ft) on average, while specimens of more than 4 metres (13 ft) are uncommon.

In general, individuals over 5 metres are rare. Its albino form is especially popular and is the most widely available morph.They are white with patterns in butterscotch yellow and burnt orange.

HABITAT

Burmese pythons are found throughout Southern- and Southeast Asia, including Eastern India, Nepal, western Bhutan, southeastern Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, northern continental Malaysia, far southern China.

This python is an excellent swimmer and needs a permanent source of water.

It can be found in grasslands, marshes, swamps, rocky foothills, woodlands, river valleys, and jungles with open clearings.

They are good climbers and have prehensile tails.

DIET

Like all snakes,  Burmese  pythons are  carnivorous.  Their diet consists primarily of appropriately sized birds and mammals. The snake uses its sharp rearward-pointing teeth  to seize its  prey,  then wraps  its  body  around  the prey,  at the  same  time contracting its muscles, killing the prey by constriction.

They are often found near human habitation due to the presence of rats, mice and other vermin as a food source. However, their equal affinity for domesticated birds and mammals means that they are often treated as pests.

In captivity  their diet  consists primarily of commercially available, appropriately sized rats, graduating to larger prey such as rabbits and poultry as they grow.

Exceptionally large pythons may even require larger food items such as pigs or goats, and are known to have attacked and eaten alligators and adult deer in Florida, where they are an invasive species.

WHERE DO THEY LIVE?

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CONSERVATION STATUS

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