Burmese Python

Zoo Location: Tropical Forest
Burmese Python

Wide range of habitats from tropical forest to marshland.

Wild Diet

These constrictors feed on mammals and birds. The size of the prey depends on the size of the snake.


Burmese pythons have poor eyesight and sense their prey using chemical receptors in their tongues and heat-sensors along the jaws. They kill by constriction, grasping a victim with their sharp teeth, coiling their bodies around the animal, and squeezing until it suffocates. They have stretchy ligaments in their jaws that allow them to swallow all their food whole. Burmese pythons are solitary animals and are generally only seen together during spring mating.


Clutches of 12 to 40 eggs are laid, which the female coils around to incubate, often twitching her muscles to increase the temperature. Incubation takes 2 to 3 months after which the young are left to fend for themselves.


Habitat destruction, hunting, persecution.


  • Latin Name: Python molurus bivittatus
  • Class: Reptiles
  • Order: Squamata
  • Family: Boidae
  • Conservation status: Vulnerable
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