There is one Burmese python at the Zoo, Abby, hatched in 1995. She weighs in at 89 pounds. To read about the passing of our other Burmese python, Daisy, click here.
Status in the Wild
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Near threatened. It has been slaughtered to supply the world leather market, as well as for folk medicines and captured for the pet trade. In recent years, extensive captive breeding has lessened the animals threat but unauthorized release of pet Burmese pythons in the Everglades has introduced an invasive species into a fragile environment.
The jungles and scrublands of Burma, Malasia and Thailand compose the Burmese python’s habitat.
The Burmese python eats appropriately sized mammals, birds and rodents.