BURMESE PYTHON ... Python molurus bivittatus
Do you really want a snake that may
grow more than 20 feet long or weigh over 200 pounds, require "Mucking out" like
a pony and will live over 25 years.
The colouring of a normal phase
individual is a creamy yellow base colour with large brown
which may extend down the sides, these are surrounded by lighter
yellow . The head usually has a complete arrow head with a
median stripe. May grow to 14-18ft, maximum recorded size is
24ft. There are now several colour mutations available, Albino/Golden,
Blonde/Green and some very new pattern variants.
The Burmese python, is
native throughout Southeast Asia including Burma, Thailand,
Vietnam, southern China, and
Indonesia. While Burmese are being captive bred in the U.S.
and Europe, native populations are considered to be "threatened" and
are listed on Appendix II of CITES (Convention on International
Trade of Endangered Species).
Burmese are especially
powerful when it comes to breaking out. A good starter tank
hatchling is a 3 ft
Vivarium. After the first couple of years (and some bigger
commercially available enclosures), you will have to build
your own enclosure out of wood and glass. Some people partition
off a large part of a room into a suitable Burmese "tank".
Be prepared - giant snakes need lots of room, not the least
of which is room enough for you to get in there and clean it
out! Remember that your snake will grow rapidly, even when
fed conservatively, so you must always buy or build an enclosure
much bigger than the present size of your Burmese.
:: THERMAL GRADIENT
range is essential to keeping your snake healthy. The ambient
air temperature throughout
the enclosure must be maintained between 85-88F during the
day, with a basking area kept at 90F. At night, the ambient
air temperature may be allowed to drop down no lower than 78-80F.
Special reptile heating mats that are manufactured to maintain
a temperature about 20F higher than the air temperature may
be used inside the enclosure. You can also use incandescent
light bulbs in porcelain and metal reflector hoods to provide
the additional heat required for the basking area. All lights
must be screened off to prevent the snake from burning itself,
and bright lights must be turned off at least 12-14 hours a
day to mimic a proper photo period; if kept under lights all
the time, the snakes will stress and may become ill. If the
proper temperatures cannot be maintained without the incandescent
light, then you must use another source of non-light emitting
or dim light emitting heat. All pythons are very susceptible
to thermal burns and for this reason a hot rock must not be
used. Buy at least two thermometers: one to use 1" above
the enclosure floor in the cooler side, and the other 1" above
the floor in the basking area. Don't try to guess the temperature.
You will end up with a snake who will be too c