Burmese Python

Python bivittatus

Fascinating Facts

  • Females shiver/twitch their muscles to keep their clutch of up to 100 eggs warm during incubation (2-3 months).
  • They can hold their breath for up to 30 minutes when swimming.
  • This species is threatened by illegal trade as pets and for their skin.
  • Former pets were released into the Everglades in the Southern US and the growing population is now a major threat to local species.
  • Pythons lack fangs; they have a row of backwards-facing teeth that prevent prey from escaping their jaws.


Most commonly found in mangrove forests and rainforests, but occasionally also in grasslands, marshes, streams and rivers. Good climbers and expert swimmers, they are non-venomous constrictors that feed on mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians.

Status in the Wild

Vulnerable – IUCN 2012


Southeast Asia and India

Location in the Zoo

Reptiles and Birds Zone of the Sculpture Learning Plaza

Animals & Exhibits