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One of the largest snakes in the world, the Burmese python can grow up to 25 feet long and get as thick as a telephone pole. Like other pythons, it is a non-venomous constrictor, wrapping its body around prey to suffocate it before swallowing it whole. It can eat animals as large as a leopard and sambar (an Asian deer).

burmese python coiled up

Did You Know?

Back Bones: A Burmese python has up to 450 vertebrae (bones that make up the spine).

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Python molurus

Southern and southeastern Asia

Tropical forest

16 to 25 ft

Zoo Location:
Manatee Springs

Birds, mammals, and reptiles

Risk Status:
Species at Risk (IUCN—Vulnerable)