One of the larger species of snakes in the world is the Burmese Python. It is ranked as the #6 largest of all snakes in the world. It is used all over the world for their skins and so they are frequently hunted in the wild. They are also kept as snakes by those that enjoy exotic creatures. They don’t have venom but that doesn’t mean a bite won’t hurt.
The average 12 feet long but they can end up being much longer that – up to 23 feet. They can weigh up to 200 pounds. They have a light coloring with black and brown ranging up and down their back. They have a very attractive coloring that works in their natural environment. However, it has also made them a target for the leather industry.They also have prehensile tails and are very good climbers.
They tend to stick to the tropical areas and they enjoy being around the water. They are considered to be semi aquatic. They are also found in trees. Southeast Asia, Eastern India, Cambodia, and China are just some of the common areas where this particular snake has been found. They have a need for water so they must be close to it. They will live in the jungle, the forest, the savannahs, and even in rocky regions as long as they have access to food and to a source of water. The Florida everglades is a place where they have been found after Hurricane Andrew. It is believed they escaped from homes or zoos and now they are mating. The ecosystem there includes endangered birds which these snakes are consuming.