The Burmese Python is one of the six largest snakes in the world. They’re average length is about 3.7 meters (12 feet) long, but it may reach up to 5.74 meters, and can weigh up to 200 pounds. These huge constrictors are native to the jungles and grassy marshes of Southeast Asia.
The Burmese Python, when young, 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.
Burmese pythons, like all snakes, are carnivores. Their diet mainly consists of small sized mammals and birds. They have poor eyesight, making them have to stalk their prey using chemical receptors in their tongues and heat-sensors along the jaws. The snake uses its sharp rearward-pointing teeth to seize its prey, then it wraps its body around the prey, at the same time contracting its muscles, killing the prey by constriction. Since they have stretchy ligaments, their jaws are able to allow them to swallow their food whole.
~*~*~ fun fact ~*~*~ “Baby,” an ironically named Burmese python living at the Serpent Safari Park in Illinois, is 27 feet (8.23 meters) long and holds the record as the world’s heaviest living snake at 403 pounds (183 kilograms).
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"Burmese Python." National Geographic. National Geographic Society, n.d. Web. 09 May 2013.
"Burmese Python." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 05 June 2013. Web. 09 May 2013.