Latin Name: Python bivittatus
Life Expectancy: Usually about 25 years
Burmese pythons (Python bivittatus) are one of the five largest snakes in the world growing between 15 and 20 feet long and 90kg (200lb) in weight. They have a life span of up to 25 years. Compared to other big snakes, they are generally considered docile. Hatchlings and young Burmese pythons can be skittish but are usually readily hand-tamed or tame down with regular handling. Avoid handling your snake for a couple of days after feeding, or it may regurgitate and can be very uncomfortable for them. Young Burmese pythons will eat small prey such as defrosted mice and rat fuzzies once or twice a week, growing to rabbits as they become adults but will slow to once every 2 weeks. Any prey given should be no larger than the girth of the animals body. When feeding or handling snakes over 8 foot, you should be accompanied by another adult as fully grown adults can easily overpower a human. Burmese pythons should be provided with a water bowl. Young Burmese pythons could use a heavy, ceramic dog water bowl so they are unable to flip it but as they grow a cat litter box or a plastic storage container with a heavy rock in to prevent it being flipped over will work. they will use the water to not only drink from but the bathe in, especially if they are in shed as this helps soaks the skin off, so should be changed daily.