DCSIMG


Search

Burmese python
Python molurus (bivittatus)

The Burmese python is one of the largest snake species, reaching lengths of up to 20 feet. In general, females are larger than males.

Pythons are extremely sensitive to smell. They use the Jacobson's organ, located in the roof of the mouth, to smell their prey. As the snake darts its tongue in and out of its mouth, it is bringing small particles from the air to this organ. This organ acts as a secondary smell system in snakes, bats, and other mammals.

Once the prey is caught, Burmese pythons are able to swallow it whole because they have hinged jaws. These snakes can swallow prey four to five times as wide as their heads.

Burmese pythons do not need to eat very often; just once a week is generally sufficient. They are able to go for months at a time on only one meal. These pythons enjoy rabbits, mice, rats, birds, and other mammals.

Female Burmese pythons lay anywhere from 12 to 100 eggs at a time. They gather their eggs in a pile and coil their bodies around them for the duration of their incubation. Females can increase their own body temperature, and thus the temperature of the eggs they are incubating, by small muscle movements. Burmese pythons are known for being good mothers and they will very rarely leave their eggs unattended.

Burmese python
© MSA 2005

Range: southeast Asia
Habitat: tropical rainforests, grasslands (near water)
Range Map
African pancake tortoise
African pancake tortoise
Malacochersus tornieri
Aldabra tortoise
Aldabra tortoise
Geochelone gigantea
Alligator snapping turtle
Alligator snapping turtle
Macroclemys temminckii
Australian snake-necked turtle
Australian snake-necked turtle
Chelodina longicollis
Black ratsnake
Black ratsnake
Elaphe obsoleta (obsoleta)
Boa constrictor
Boa constrictor
Boa constrictor
Brazilian rainbow boa
Brazilian rainbow boa
Epicrates cenchria (cenchria)
Burmese python
Burmese python
Python molurus (bivittatus)
Cottonmouth
Cottonmouth
Agkistrodon piscivorus
Cuban crocodile
Cuban crocodile
Crocodylus rhombifer
Eastern box turtle
Eastern box turtle
Terrapene carolina
Emerald tree boa
Emerald tree boa
Corallus caninus
Emperor newt
Emperor newt
Tylototriton shanjing
European glass lizard
European glass lizard
Ophisaurus apodus
Everglades ratsnake
Everglades ratsnake
Elaphe obsoleta rossalleni
Eyelash palm pitviper
Eyelash palm pitviper
Bothriechis schlegelii
Florida softshell turtle
Florida softshell turtle
Apalone ferox
Gaboon viper
Gaboon viper
Bitis gabonica
Gharial (Gavial)
Gharial (Gavial)
Gavialus gangeticus
Gila monster
Gila monster
Heloderma suspectum
Grand Cayman iguana
Grand Cayman iguana
Cyclura lewisi
Greater siren
Greater siren
Siren lacertina
Green anaconda
Green anaconda
Eunectes murinus
Green iguana
Green iguana
Iguana iguana
Green tree python
Green tree python
Morelia viridis
Inland bearded dragon
Inland bearded dragon
Pogona vitticeps
King cobra
King cobra
Ophiophagus hannah
Leopard gecko
Leopard gecko
Eublepharis macularius
Mangrove snake
Mangrove snake
Boiga dendrophila
Matamata turtle
Matamata turtle
Chelus fimbriatus
Northern blue-tongued skink
Northern blue-tongued skink
Tiliqua scincoides
Northern pine snake
Northern pine snake
Pituophis melanoleucus
Oriental fire-bellied toad
Oriental fire-bellied toad
Bombina orientalis
Red-tailed ratsnake
Red-tailed ratsnake
Gonyosoma oxycephala
Timber rattlesnake
Timber rattlesnake
Crotalus horridus
Tokay gecko
Tokay gecko
Gekko gecko
Veiled chameleon
Veiled chameleon
Chamaeleo calyptratus
White's tree frog
White's tree frog
Pelodryas caerulea
?
Snake Habitat
?
Lizard Defense
?
Snake Skin
?
Reptile Diet
?
Crocodilian
?
Reptile Moves
?
Gharial Conservation
?
Zoo Breeding
?
Crocodile Conservation
?
Reptile Vision
?
Boas
?
Iguana Conservation
?
Constriction
?
Reptile Conservation
?
Venom
?
Turtle Conservation
?
Amphibian Conservation
?
Aldabra Tortoise
?
Water Quality
?
Quiz

 

Squares link to animal fun facts.
Question marks link to more on reptiles and amphibians.