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pythons, as you might suspect, originally came from the country known as
News Report. This year (2004) a zookeeper in Indonesia reported a 49-foot Burmese python. When it was measured, the zookeeper had no idea how his giant snake had suddenly shrank.
Natural Environment: Hot and humid with plenty of water. Burmese pythons like to climb and they like to swim. Your Burm cannot digest food if you keep it too cool.
Temperament: Burmese want to eat most of the time. They get more active when hungry. When full, they like to loaf in warm water and in the sun. Daily handling keeps them tame – even the big ones. Burms make good snakes to take your picture with. Your photo op is the only time you should wrap a Burm around your neck. Make sure other people are handy when you try on a Burm necktie for size. Big Burms are amazingly strong. Ticked off Burms are even stronger.
Maximum Size. Female Burmese pythons can grow to 20 feet and weigh up to 200 pounds. Twelve to 15 feet in length is more common. The largest recorded specimen was 25 feet. Burms are definitely not a snake for children (or even a house with children in it). Do not expect the Zoo to take your snake off your hands if it grows too large for you.
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Foods: A weekly feeding
of a rodent or commercial food suffices.
(Big guys just need one rabbit per month.) Power feeding wastes your money, usually makes your Burmese
python obese, and
always grows it too big too fast. Feed
a food item no larger than the width of your Burm’s body.
Too large a food can cause your Burm to vomit its half-digested
meal -- nasty smell. Freshly killed or frozen
(thawed, of course) rodents will keep your snake free of unnecessary
wounds. Cornered rats bite
like crazy. You
would too. Frozen foods also help keep your Burm free of
Supplements: You need no added vitamins or mineral supplements. Your Burmese python gets all the nutrition it needs from its food.
Lighting: Burmese pythons don’t need full-spectrum light, but they do appreciate a regular day and night schedule. Make sure your Burm cannot reach any bare bulbs.
Water: Give your Burmese python a great big water bowl – as big as you can carry. Cat pans work great.
Handling: Handle your Burmese python daily to keep it “friendly.” Never handle any snake large enough to whup you. It’s hard to dial 911 with a snake wrapped around your neck. Never handle any snake after handling rodents. Snakes have poor eyesight. Burms locate their food by smell and body heat. If you smell like a rat, your Burm will want to taste you. If it has cloudy eyes, skip the handling until it sheds.
Last Word: Always wash your hands thoroughly after handling any reptile. And keep them out of your mouth. LA.
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