Read About Burmese Pythons

Burmese pythons are an enormous responsiblity and you may want to think seriously before you buy one. Everything you need to know about them is contained in this article.

Burmese pythons - Facts

  1. Description:

    These are huge snakes that can grow as large as 20 feet long. They can live for 20 years or more and hit the scales at up to 200 lbs. They can appear docile. They are constrictors without fangs, and are not poisonous. They have a keen ability to smell and can distinguish people that way.
  2. Varieties:

    Many different colors and patterns are available including albino.
  3. History:

    Burmese pythons live in South East Asia (normally India) in the forest or rivers.
  4. Physical Traits:

    Clear skin, flickering tongue, and long body are traits.
  5. Other Defining Characteristics:

    It has a firm body and it will slither.
  6. Habitat:

    Plexiglas is best until the python gets too large to fit. A room for your Burmese python may become necessary depending on the size.

Burmese pythons - Concerns

  1. Benefits:

    Having a Burmese python means a longtime pet, maybe up to 20 years.
  2. Liabilities:

    Burmese pythons have killed people. Always wear gloves when feeding your python, or any large snake. You could be mistaken for food if you smell like it, so wash your hands before you pick up your python. To buy a Burmese python requires many years of care. It will not be bought back, nor will any zoo take it off your hands. You will need help if you go away, or get ill. You should decide who gets the reptile if you die. This is not the same as owning a pet dog or cat. Do not buy a reptile of this type without having all these answers and more.
  3. Health Issues:

    One virus, IBD is fatal to pythons. There isn't any guarantee that your python isn't affected when you purchase your snake.
  4. Specific Care Needs:

    These reptiles need sun, shade, a place to hide like a cardboard box or plastic container upside down with a hole to get in, moderate temperature, and a heating blanket if the temperature drops below 78. You can heat the room if you prefer.
  5. Reaction to Children and other Pets:

    The Burmese python does fine if not around squealing or nervous people. It would be best to keep other pets away, as the python could see any pet as a predator. Do not be relaxed, no matter how long your python has been your pet. The Burmese python can become aggressive in a split second. Another person should be with you when handling this pet. Teach your children not to come near the python unless you are there.
  6. Special Household Needs:

    You will need a large enough tank or room to hold such a big python. A quiet area is best so the python isn't disturbed.

Burmese pythons - How to Choose

  1. What to Look for:

    When purchasing a Burmese python, look for alertness, clear eyes, firm skin, and flickering of the tongue.
  2. Supplies:

    You will need an adequate habitat and food. Food can be mice, rabbits, or rats, all pre-killed. As it grows bigger, you may tend to overfeed it. Remember, Burmese pythons do not eat every day. Do some research before you begin looking to buy. Know as much as possible. This is not a snake to begin with as a hobby. This is for the experienced.
  3. Expense:

    It can be very expensive keeping a python fed and housed as they grow.