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Burmese python

Burmese python (Python bivittatus)

Burmese Python

The Burmese python (Python bivittatus) is one of the largest snake species in the world. 

Physical Characteristics

  • Head: They have a distinct triangular head with a pair of dark lines running from the eyes diagonally towards the jaw.
  • Eyes: Equipped with vertical slit pupils.
  • Scales: Smooth and shiny, with a distinctive pattern of brown and gold.


  • Preferred Habitat: Wetlands, marshes, and forests. They are semi-aquatic and favor areas near water.
  • Invasive Range: Established in South Florida, particularly the Everglades, where they have a significant impact on local wildlife.

Conservation Status

  • IUCN Red List: Listed as Vulnerable due to habitat loss and hunting for their skin and pet trade.
  • Invasive Impact: In regions like the Everglades, they have drastically reduced populations of native species, leading to ecological imbalance.


  • Camouflage: Their patterned skin provides excellent camouflage in their natural habitat.
  • Constricting Ability: Powerful muscles enable them to constrict and suffocate prey.
  • Heat Sensing: Equipped with heat-sensitive pits along their jaws, aiding in hunting warm-blooded prey at night.
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