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The Burmese python (Python molurus bivittatus) is an immense semi-aquatic snake that is non-venomous and fang-free. In terms of physical size, the Burmese python is truly a sight to behold, sometimes weighing more than 200 pounds. These carnivorous constrictors reside in a wide array of environments.
Geography of the Burmese Python
The Burmese python originated in southeastern Asia, as its name expresses. "Burma" is the former name of Myanmar, which is a southeastern Asian nation. In southeastern Asia, these massive pythons live in grassy swamps and open jungles. Other areas that are home to these weighty pythons include southern regions of China, northeastern regions of India, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, various East Indies islands, Indonesia, Bangladesh and the Malay Peninsula.
Natural Habitat of the Burmese Python
Burmese pythons live in many diverse settings, including mountainous areas, rugged foothills, swamps, woodlands, arid forests, river valleys, marshes and grasslands. They especially prefer to live in rainforests that are in close proximity to brooks or streams, as reliable and consistent water is imperative for their survival.
Burmese Python Existence in Florida
Through introduction, Burmese pythons also reside in Florida's Everglades area, according to the Oregon Zoo. Since Burmese pythons are often kept as pets, this introduction may be a result of an owner losing a snake or purposefully releasing one into the wild. The latter concept may be especially plausible as Burmese pythons grow to very, very large sizes that inexperienced owners may not be prepared for. Burmese pythons are big on freshwater environments. Within the Everglades, Burmese pythons are common by agricultural sites, in lakes, in swamps, near homes, in salt marshes, in constructed canals and in tropical hardwood hammocks. They also often live near tightly-packed populations of punk trees.
Predominantly Terrestrial Animals
Although Burmese pythons are fully capable of swimming, they spend the majority of their time on land. It is not at all unusual to spot these terrestrial snakes in bodies of water, however. Burmese pythons have the ability to remain underwater for a maximum of 30 minutes without having to come back up for air.
- National Park Service: Burmese Pythons
- Smithsonian National Zoological Park: Burmese Python Fact Sheet
- National Geographic: Burmese Python
- Oregon Zoo: Burmese Python
- Florida Museum of Natural History: Burmese Python
- Sea World: Burmese Python
- Chicago Zoological Society: Burmese Python
- UF Department of Wildlife Ecology & Conservation: Burmese Python
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