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Burmese python, Asiatic rock python, tiger python
The Burmese python is a very large, heavy-bodied snake. It is dark brown with beige blotches and two distinct lines that run horizontally on the head, across each eye.
Adults approximately 5-6 m (15-20 ft.); hatchlings 60 cm (24 in.)
Approximately 90.7 kg (200 lb.)
Pythons feed on a variety of birds and mammals. Being one of the world's largest snake species, the Burmese python may feed on very large food items such as pigs and deer.
Pythons show a higher degree of parental care than many other reptiles - they actually incubate the eggs using heat generated by muscle twitches.
Up to 100 eggs
Approximately 3 years
A Burmese python's life span can exceed 20 years; the longest recorded was 28 years, 3 months
The Burmese python is a subspecies of
, which is found throughout southeast Asia, from Pakistan to Indonesia (though absent from the Philippines). The Burmese subspecies has the largest range of the three subspecies - including southern China, Indochina, Burma, and portions of Indonesia (Borneo, Java, Sumatra, and the Celeb Islands).
This python's habitat varies greatly, and includes dry forest, mountain, and open grasslands of Southeast Asia.
Low risk-near threatened
Pythons are considered a primitive snake differing from many other species by having two functioning lungs and vestigial, or left over, hind limbs. These vestigial limbs look like spurs on either side of the cloaca.
These snakes kill their prey by suffocation, not venom.
There are reports about this species preying on humans, but these are often myths or unfounded reports.
subspecies, the Burmese python is the one most commonly found in managed situations.
ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION
Burmese python populations are suffering from a variety of factors, including an ever-expanding human population and loss of habitat.
These large snakes are also hunted extensively for their skins, which are used in the leather trade.
Because Burmese pythons are known as a calm species, their popularity in the pet trade has exploded in the past few years.
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