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Burmese Python

Python molurus bivittatus

  • Family: Pythonidae
  • Adult Size: Males are smaller than females and seldom grow to more than 13 or 14 feet and 120 to 130 pounds. Exceptional females grow to 18 or 19 feet and weigh 350 to 400 pounds. The maximum length for Burmese pythons probably exceeds 20 feet.
  • Range: Southeast Asia, from Thailand to Vietnam, and in Indonesia on Java, Borneo and Sulawesi.
  • Habitat: Grasslands, woodlands, open clearings and areas near water.
  • Captive Lifespan: More than 20 Years
  • Dangerous:
  • Care Level: Advanced


Boas and pythons require clean enclosures with good ventilation. Most snakes will climb if branches or platforms are provided. Hideboxes should also be provided. All captive snakes require fresh water to drink in bowls made of nonporous materials.

As a general rule, most pythons and boas will do fine at temperatures ranging between 86 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 80 degrees Fahrenheit at night. It's a good idea to provide a basking spot 5 to 7 degrees warmer than the rest of the cage that the snake can voluntarily choose to enjoy.

Boas and pythons are carnivorous animals that will feed on rodents such as mice, rats, hamsters and gerbils. Most pythons and boas are fed once a week.

For more information, read our detailed burmese python care sheet.


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