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Burmese python

Python moluris bivittatus

Overview:

The Burmese Python is one of the largest snakes alive today. Though they can be docile animals, especially if handled often from a young age, the Burmese Python can also be quite aggressive and very dangerous. These are not the pet to have when young children and small domestic pets can be subjected to there danger.

If your having a baby you should not be having a Burmese python.

There are precautions that can be taken. The responsibility is great. You must handle them every day even as they become enormous. There are a large number of homeless Burmese Pythons in the United States because people do not know what to do with them or understand the responsibility of keeping a giant snake. Ownership of a Burmese Python is not something to be entered into lightly. When handling a Burmese Python, especially a larger one, more than one person should be present. A Burmese Python averages around 16 feet in length. It should be noted that females can, and often do grow even larger than this. Some recorded to be 20 feet +. Males are smaller and usually average between 9 and 13 feet in length.

Many triable incidents from feeding mistakes and stupidity have been recorded. They can be killers if not respected.

Before you get a Burmese python check Baby and be damb sure your ready for this.

Meet "BABY" the Burmese python

Distribution:

Asia and surrounding islands.

Habitat:

They are semi-aquatic, meaning they spend quite a lot of their time in water. Burmese Pythons are diurnal, meaning they are active during the day. They spend most of the day basking in the sun. These snakes are from high humidity areas of the world.

Captivity:

Burmese Pythons grow very quickly and a full-grown Burmese python requires a huge amount of room. With our python we converted a full 5’X 6’ bathroom into the python homes. Removed the toilet and partly screened the door for ventilation. The tub was the only water bowl we could find large enough for it fully to immerse to soak, while being easy enough to drain. We would turn the shower on once a day with worm water to maintain the humidity level they require. Burmese pythons are capable of producing a huge amount of feces and urine. This is something they seem to prefer to do in there water. So the water and enclosure will need to be cleaned often. We used layers of corrugated cardboard and news paper for substrate to help absorb the moisture from the piles that had to literally be shoveled up (big pooper scooper). The python should be provided with a place to hide such as a or upside-down storage box, with a hole cut in to it. They like to climb and stretch out. We cut a 10 foot tree limb about 6 inch diameter with off branches about 3 inches in diameter which was screwed to the wall and floor, for her to climb and rub on. The light fixture globe was replaced with a wire mesh covering to provide the snake with a basking bulb and prevent direct contact to prevent burns. A pig blanket is the only heating pad we found adequate for her size. These can be purchased several different places such as Farm and Fleet…

Temperatures:

The Burmese python should be kept at a temperature of about 85° F. during the day, and between 75 to 80 ° F. at night. They should also have a daytime basking area of around 90 degrees Fahrenheit. They need around 70% humidity.

 

 

 

Feeding:

Large adult Burmese Pythons will require large food items that may be expensive and difficult to obtain year round. Starting with pinky rats on to jumbo rats, onto rabbits or small pigs. Some people feed their pythons chickens, this is not recommended because of the risk of spreading salmonella to the snake. Like other large snakes it may be better to feed in a different enclosure than the one they live in to prevent the snake from associating you with food and biting you. It is best to have a back up person in case of a feeding accident. As I stated above feeding incidents have been recorded.

 

 

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