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Reptiles
 
Burmese Python
Python molurus bivittatus
Class Reptilia

Order Serpentes

Distribution Spreading from Burma to Indo-China, Thailand and south China (including Hong Kong)

Habitat Forests, river valleys and wooded hillsides

Conservation
Status
Listed under Appendix II of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Behaviour Burmese Python has a big head and a heavy body covered with scales. Its body averages 3 to 5m in length, but some may grow to more than 6m. Pythons are non-venomous. They swim well and hang out near the water between dusk and dawn. Pythons kill their prey by constriction and swallow it whole. In winter, they go into hibernation. The female pythons lay up to 30 eggs per clutch. They protect their eggs by coiling their bodies around them until they hatch after 2 to 3 months of incubation.

Diet Rodents, other mammals and birds of suitable size
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