Burmese pythons are some of the largest snakes in the world. They are known for their large size and big appetites. They are cheap and easy to get a hold of, which unfortunately has lead to some irresponsible people keeping them and giving the reptile industry a bad name.
Burmese Pythons are found in India to lower China, the Malay Peninsula and some islands of the East Indies.
Grasslands, marshes, swamps, rocky foothills, woodlands, river valleys, and jungles.
Hatchlings are usually around 18-24" give or take, while females average lengths of 15-20' and males average 10-15'. This species can reach over 20' and 200 lbs easily.
30+ years in captivity.
Burmese Pythons are typically docile snakes. Hatchlings may start out nippy but with time and patience these animals are very calm. However, they have an intense feeding response.
Baby Burmese Pythons should be started on rat crawlers every 4-5 days, and bumped up sizes as needed. An adult Burmese python will require rabbits every 10 days or so.
Burmese Pythons need a basking spot of 88-92F and an ambient temperature of 78-82F. The ambient temperature should never fall below 75F. Burmese Pythons seem more susceptible to respiratory problems, so keeping temps right is VERY important!
Young Burmese Pythons can be kept in Sterilite/Rubbermaid totes or professional type caging such as Animal Plastics. An adult Burmese Python needs a 6x3' enclosure at least. Extra large Burmese should be kept in 8x3' enclosures.
Burmese Pythons typically reach sexual maturity at 18 months to 4 years of age. Females are ready to breed at lengths of 9-12 ft and males are ready at around 6-9 ft. Breeding season ranges from November to March. Stop all feeding at this time. Breeding may be induced by misting, and reduced photo period of 8-10 hours daily. A night time drop in temperature a few degrees may help as well. Make sure both animals are in excellent condition before breeding. Females shed 14-20+ days after ovulation and eggs are laid approximately 30 days after that. Burmese Pythons are capable of laying 20-80+ eggs per clutch! The eggs should be incubated at 88-90F, they can be expected to hatch in 55-70 days.
Burmese Pythons make excellent captives for the experienced keeper. Due to their large size they are not recommended to the beginner or intermediate keeper. Prior large snake experience is a must. These snakes are a sight to behold in person.