Burmese python length

Photo credit: wwarbyScientific Name: Python Molorus Bivattatus

Sexing and Characteristics:
There are several ways of sexing a snake but the main ones are popping & probing, both of these ways are reliable with probing being the most accurate.
Please note that popping is only suitable for young animals.
If you need your snake sexed, make sure this gets done by a professional.

Size:
Hatchling Burmese pythons are between 18” and 24” when born, already a significant size.
Adult male Burmese pythons will average between 8 and 13 ft with females having the ability to reach 14 to 18ft. Lengths in excess of 20ft are not unheard of, particularly for female specimens.

Substrate and Water Needs:
A wide range of appropriate substrates are available for Burmese pythons. Pine & Cedar are to be avoided as these are toxic to reptiles. You can use newspaper or paper towel which are cheap but not very aesthetically appealing, Paper is also an option as it is cheap, easy to clean and hygienic. Aspen, Auboise, Orchid bark or similar is your best option, being fairly cheap and pleasant looking.
You will need a fair sized water bowl, one the snake can submerse its body in, Cat litter trays work well for larger animals.

Lighting and UVB:
Burmese Pythons have no special lighting requirements but if you do use a basking bulb, ensure the light has a bulb guard to avoid your snake from being burned.

Temperatures & Humidity:
Provide a basking spot of 31-33°C with a thermal gradient fading to about 28°C at the cooler end of the enclosure.
To achieve these temperatures several heating devices can be used such as:

  • Heatmats (Not advised for adult snakes but fine for hatchlings)
  • Basking/Infrared Bulbs
  • Ceramic bulbs

The choice of heating system used is a matter of personal choice, however in ALL cases; a thermostat should be used in conjunction with the heater, in order to avoid burns to the animal, and danger of fire.

  • Burmese Pythons humidity should be around 50-60% which can be increased whilst shedding.
  • Regular misting with tepid water can be provided when they are shedding. during shedding, your snake may also benefit from a 20-30 minute bath in warm water.
  • If help is needed choosing heating/thermostat options, please do not hesitate to contact the Herpetological Society of Ireland & we will guide you in the right direction.
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