Scientific Name: python molurus bivittatus
Habitat: near the water in rainforests, plantations, and fields
Diet: small mammals, birds, reptiles, fish
Life Span: 25 + years
Young: 15 – 80 eggs per clutch
Size: males up to 4.1 m long; female up to 6.7 m long
The Burmese Rock Python is native to South and Southeast Asia and is usually found near water but may also be found up in the trees. They are mainly nocturnal.
The Burmese Rock Python is one of the largest, heaviest species of snake in the world and can reach 4 -6 meters long and weigh up to 90 kg. Burmese pythons are dark in colour, with a bold brown pattern bordered in black down the back.
Females typically lay their eggs in March – April. Like other pythons, the Burmese Rock Python incubates her eggs by wrapping her coils around them. She will fast for 2 – 3 months while she waits for her eggs to hatch because she never leaves the nest. Once the hatchlings cut their way out of their eggs, there is no further maternal care.
If you would like to learn more visit Wikipedia, or visit the Edmonton Valley Zoo.