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Burmese Python

Burmese Python
Python molurus bivittatus

Do you really want a snake that can reach 25 ft in length and weigh up to 250 pounds? A lot of research should be done into these snakes before you purchase one, this is not a snake for a beginner!

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What does the Burmese Python look like?

This very large species of python grows to a size of 12 to 25 feet and weigh anything up to 250 pounds. They are light in colour with many dark brown blotches covering their body in an attractive pattern. This is similar colour but different pattern to the African Rock Python, sometimes resulting in confusion of the two species outside of their habitats.

Where are Burmese Pythons from?

They range from North-western India east through southern china and south through the Malay Peninsula and East Indies. The habitats in which they are found are, woodlands, swamps, marshes, grasslands, river valleys, rocky foothills and the open jungle.

Are Burmese Pythons easy to keep?

In one word NO! These snakes when adults need a large custom made viv. A hatchling Burmese is at least 2 to 3 ft in length when it hatches and will grow up to 10 ft in the first 18 months if fed properly, so a large viv will be needed from the start. A viv 5ft x 3ft x 3ft is ok to start with making sure there are plenty of sturdy branches as young Burmese Pythons are very active. When your Burmese Pythons gets to 10 to 15 ft a minimum viv size of 9ft x5ft x 4ft is a must, as your snake will grow and grow regardless to the size of its enclosure. As with most snakes they need a controlled temperate of 80 on the cool side and 90-94 on the basking side, humidity should ideally stay at 65% to 70%.

An adult Burmese will eat on average about 4 to 6 rabbit’s a month and great care should be taken when feeding, a second pair of hands is advisable for bigger snakes just in case. In the wild their main diet consists of mammals, birds and reptiles. The prey size increases as they grow feeding on domestic fowl, pigs, goats and even alligators. A large water pit is also a must, Burmese Pythons love to soak in water and this must be big enough for the snake to get its whole body in and must be solid for the snake to get in and out with out knocking it over.

Any snake over 8 ft should be handled by at least two people but if you are lucky/unlucky enough to have a Burmese reach 25 ft 3 or 4 people should be there to handle as a 25ft 250 pound snake that is having a strop is not easy to control!

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Before you commit to buying any pet, please do your own independent research.