Burmese Python

Burmese Python…

Juvenile Burmese Python - Koedoesdraai
Juvenile Burmese Python – Koedoesdraai by Hannes Steyn cc2.0

The Burmese python is one of the five largest snakes of the world, with an average length of 12 feet (3.7 meters). These pythons have a longer, thinner body than anacondas do, and since their bodies are long, so are their organs. They are excellent swimmers and require a habitat with a permanent source of water. Pythons are not venomous. They are constrictors, which means they crush their prey and then swallow it whole.

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Burmese Python (Python molurus bivittatus) with open mouth by Mannes Fotos GFDL v1.3

The python’s meals consist of mammals, birds and reptiles. It has backward-curving fangs that it uses to grab its prey and stop it from escaping, and can swallow prey much wider than its own head by separating it jaws. After it successfully fills up, it will then spend several days or weeks digesting.

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female Burmese Python (Python molurus bivittatus) wrapped around a clutch of 21 ferilized eggs. Picture donated by: www.schlangenauge.ch. By Tigerpython GFDL v1.2

The Burmese python female incubates the eggs until they hatch (which may be 2 or more months) and she doesn’t feed during this period. She coils around the eggs to keep them warm, but as soon as the young pythons hatch they are on their own to face the world. The hatchlings often remain in their eggs until they shed their first skin, and after that, they go on their first hunt.

Burmese Pythons are featured in the following book:
25 Awesome Snakes




The YouTube video playlist below contains videos about Burmese Pythons. Details of the videos featured are underneath.

The Playlist:

  1. Python vs Alligator 01 — Real Fight — Python attacks Alligator by ojatro
  2. 17+ FOOT BURMESE PYTHON INVASION – Snake Bounty Hunters by AnimalWire
  3. Animal Expert David Mizejewski: Burmese Python & Cape Vulture – CONAN on TBS by teamcoco
  4. Video Shows ‘Very Large’ Burmese Python by weshtv
  5. Nature Inc – The Aliens Have Landed 1 of 3 – Species Invasion by  RuniPlanet

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