Burmese Python ~
Burmese pythons are native to the rainforests of southeast Asia and are one of the five largest species of snakes on the planet! Some individuals have grown to 18 feet in length and weigh up to 180 pounds. In the wild this species preys upon mammals up to the size of small deer!
Burmese python populations in their native range are considered vulnerable due to over-collection for the leather trade and for food. However, Burmese pythons are considered an invasive species that is outcompeting native species in several parts of Florida, particularly the Everglades, where they prey upon native rodents, birds, and even alligators!
The Burmese python that we care for at the zoo is a middle-aged female python called Monty. We feed Monty a thawed, frozen rabbit once every two weeks. Her favorite enrichment items are large boxes and other containers or shelters that she can rest under in her habitat.