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Burmese Python

Burmese Python

DISTRIBUTION AND HABITAT

South and Southeast Asia. It lives in rainforests (Sri Lanka, India), rocky and shrubby hilly areas, likes to stay near water reservoirs.

BEHAVIOUR

Mainly active at night. Very poor eyesight is compensated for by perfectly developed chemical receptors on the tongue, thanks to which it can easily track the victim. Heat-sensors along the jaws are also helpful in locating prey. The snake is able to detect minimal temperature changes in warm-blooded animals.

DIET

burmese python is a carnivore, it mainly hunts small mammals and birds. Python kill its prey by clamping it, grabbing its prey with its sharp teeth, wrapping its bodies around the animal and squeezing it until it suffocates. It has stretchy ligaments in the jaws that allow the python to swallow its prey whole.

REPRODUCTION

Burmese python is a loner, only seen in pairs during the mating season. The female, after laying eggs (up to 100), wraps around them. By contracting and relaxing the body, it generates additional heat. Incubation lasts 2-3 months.

GOOD TO KNOW

An adult individual can reach 90 kg of weight of 90 kg and a 6,4 m body length. Life expectancy is between 20 and 25 years.

  • Latin name: Python bivittatus
  • IUCN Red List – VU – vulnerable
  • CITES – Appendix II

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