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Shockingly Intriguing Facts About the Burmese Python
The Burmese python facts listed in this AnimalSake article present some useful information about their habitat, diet, behavior and some interesting traits.
The mother python stays with eggs to incubate them. Once the eggs hatch, the mother snake doesn’t provide further care to its young ones. Young pythons stay inside hatched eggs till they become strong enough to face the outer world.
Burmese python is one of the largest snakes in the world. In fact, this subspecies of the Indian python is placed among 6 largest snakes. Burmese python is native to the south-eastern region of Asia. It is found in different habitats across the globe. These snakes are mainly found near sources of water. Average length of a Burmese python is 3.7 m; however, they can grow 7 meters long.
Interesting Facts about Burmese Pythons
The Burmese python facts listed below should make you aware of some fascinating details about this creature.
- The light-colored skin of Burmese pythons is covered in brown blotches. These blotches have black-colored borders. The unique pattern of blotches makes the snakes appear attractive.
- The pattern of skin color observed in these pythons is similar that found in African rock pythons. The slight difference between African rock pythons and Burmese pythons is difficult to mark. Burmese pythons possess a prehensile tail and they are good climbers.
- The countries in South Asia where Burmese pythons are found include Myanmar, eastern India, western Bhutan, Nepal, southeast Bangladesh, south China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Indonesia.
- The Burmese python is a good swimmer. Generally, it is found near water bodies. The different habitats of this python include grasslands, swamps, marshes, woodlands, rocky foothills, jungles and river valleys.
- The pythons dwelling in rainforests are known to exhibit nocturnal behavior. These reptiles traverse many different areas including swamps; when they are young, they can also climb trees. However, when these pythons grow big, their movements get restricted.
- As stated earlier, these big snakes are good swimmers. They possess the capacity to stay submerged in water for more than half an hour.
- Burmese pythons spend most of their day’s time hiding under bushes. In the winter season, these creatures stay inside hollow tree trunks, under rocks, holes in river banks and other such places where they enjoy protected from low temperatures.
- A tendency to stay in safe and secure places during winter months is observed in Burmese pythons; this phenomenon is termed brumation. It is quite different from that of hibernation. In the process of brumation, the development of reproductive organs takes place.
- In Burmese pythons, breeding takes place in the spring season. They lay eggs in March and April; the number of eggs laid by pythons can range from 12-36.
- Burmese pythons feed on both, terrestrial animals and birds. These snakes use the mechanism of constriction to kill their prey. Rearward teeth are used, as a weapon, to seize their prey. The action of seizing is followed by wrapping body around the prey (and contracting the muscles).
- The albino Burmese python is also known as Caramel Burmese python. One of the variants of this snake is the Leucistic Burmese python.
- Staying in places of human habitation eases the python’s search for prey (rats, mice, etc). Large pythons are known to feed on bigger animals like goats and pigs.
- The digestive system of pythons is flexible/adaptable to changes that result from fasting and food ingestion. In pythons, the intestinal size and acidity reduces to a great extent due to fasting. The changes observed immediately after ingestion of food include acid production, hypertrophy of intestines, increase in the size of ventricles (40%), etc.
- Shedding of skin is an important phase in the lives of pythons and snakes in general. Burmese pythons contract infections if they are exposed to extreme levels of humidity at the time of shedding. The Inclusion Body Disease (IBD) is one such disease that affects the central nervous system of pythons. Spider mites are known to transmit this disease.
Facts about Burmese pythons presented in this article should help in studying the creature in a detailed manner. Through these facts, we get to know about the general behavior, feeding habits, habitat and other such information about the Burmese python.