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Burmese Python

burmese python

Common Names: Burmese Python

Scientific Name: Python molurus

Distribution: Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, China, and Indonesia

Size: Large female Burmese Pythons can grow up to 19 feet long. Burmese Pythons average size is 16 feet. Male Burmese Pythons are smaller usually from 8 feet to 12 feet.

Temperament:Initially baby Burmese Pythons may strike and bite, but with frequent handling they usually tame down very quickly. Large adult Burmese Pythons, even tame ones, should by handled with caution, and preferably by more than one person.

Hardiness: Burmese Python are very hardy when properly set up and maintained.

Sexing: Burmese Python should be probe sexed, can evert the hemipenes in baby males.

Food:Burmese Pythons eat nutrient fed and preferably pre-killed mice and rats. Larger Burmese Pythons will take live rabbits and chickens also.

Housing: Baby Burmese Pythons can be housed in a 10 gallon terrarium, but soon will require larger accommodations. Sub-adult and adult Burmese Pythons require a large custom built enclosure at least 2' by 4' by 4' or preferably larger. Substrate can be either newspaper, aspen, pine shavings, rabbit pellets, orchid bark, reptile bedding or reptile turf for smaller set ups. Sparsely landscape and create shelters, climbing and basking areas with select anchored branches, driftwood, cork bark or hollow logs and rocks. For baby Burmese Pythons, sturdy live, potted or artificial plants can be added for decorative purposes.

Water: Provide a large heavy shallow pan of fresh water for drinking, soaking, and defecation at all times. The water should be cleaned frequently.

Temperature/Humidity: Burmese Pythons like day temperatures between 82 degrees F to 92 degrees F. They like gradient, night temperatures between 68 degrees F and 80 degrees F. A large water pan will provide some humidity for your Burmese Python.

Lighting: Full spectrum lighting / U.V. radiation is recommended for long term maintenance of Burmese Pythons.

Heating: Under tank reptile heating pads placed under both the water pan and 1/2 to 2/3 of the land section will provide 24 hour bottom surface and water heat, while incandescent light bulbs with reflector situated above same 1/2 to 2/3 of terrarium will provide the proper daytime heat gradient.

Notes: The Reticulate Python (Python reticulatus) and the African Rock Python (Python sebae) can be set up and maintained under similar conditions.

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Revised December 2008