Latin Name: Python molurus bivittatus
Lifespan: In the wild Burmese pythons can live up to 25 years.
Length and weight:
The average adult length is 3.6 meters (12 feet) and 45 kg (100 pounds). Large adults can weigh as much as 90 kg (200 pounds).
Their diet consists of rats, mice, birds and lizards, large Burmese pythons have been known to prey on larger animals such as goats and pigs.
Breeding and reproduction of Burmese Pythons:
After a successful copulation the Burmese will have a 3 month gestation. 10 – 40 eggs are laid from March to April.
The female helps to incubate her eggs by coiling around them and regularly twitching her muscles, this warms up the muscle tissues so much that she can raise the temperature around the eggs by several degrees.
The eggs hatch after a 2 month incubation period.
Burmese pythons can be found in forests, woodlands, grasslands, marshes and jungles. They are very dependent on water which is why they are normally found close to a source such as a brook or stream.
Interesting facts on the Burmese Python
The Burmese python is considered an invasive species in Florida and with their numbers increasing they continue to spread.