Burmese python. What a glorious, big snake! This reptile, with its beautifully patterned skin and rapid growth rate, is best known as the large snake of choice among reptile owners.
Where does Burmese python live?
Our big friend can be found in sub-Saharan Africa, Nepal, India, Burma, Sri Lanka, Southeast Asia, from Philippines, through Indonesia to New Guinea and Australia. As you can see, he’s almost everywhere! Moreover, he lives in jungles and grassy marshes.
Eating and hunting.
Of course, these reptiles are carnivores, surviving primarily on small mammals and birds. They have poor eyesight, which means they hunt from ambush (just like crocodiles), 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. Stretchy ligaments in their jaws that allow them to swallow all their food whole. Some large species eat even deer and antelopes.
These amazing snakes are solitary animals and are generally only seen together during spring mating. Females lay clutches of up to 100 eggs. After they lay their eggs, females typically incubate them until they hatch. This is achieved by causing the muscles to “shiver”, which raises the temperature of the body to a certain degree, and thus that of the eggs. Keeping the eggs at a constant temperature is essential for healthy embryo development. During the incubation period, females do not eat and leave only to bask to raise their body temperature.
The biggest snake on Earth.
They are capable of reaching 23 feet or more in length and weighing up to 200 pounds with a girth as big as a telephone pole. When young, they will spend much of their time in the trees. However, as they mature and their size and weight make tree climbing unwieldy, they transition to mainly ground-dwelling. They are also excellent swimmers, and can stay submerged for up to 30 minutes before surfacing for air.
Did you know that this incredible snake is known to eat and attack even alligators?
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