Burmese pythons are native to South East Asia and live in sub-tropical or tropical forests near water. They spend a lot of time in trees when they are young but when fully grown tend to live on the ground as it is easier for them than living in trees, they are also excellent swimmers.
Burmese pythons are classified as 'vulnerable' by the International Union of Conservation in Nature (IUCN) due to the illegal pet trade, hunting for their skins and food (including snake wine) and habitat degradation.
Burmese pythons are tan in colour with dark blotches, similar to a giraffe pattern, with dark wedges on their head.
South East Asia, in tropical and sub-tropical forests near water.
Burmese pythons are carnivorous and kill their prey by constricting it. In the wild young snakes will eat small mammals like rats, mice and birds. As the snake grows it will move on to larger prey like pigs and goats, and may even try to prey on alligators and deer. Captive snakes are usually fed rabbits.
Other species in the Pythonidae family are the Green Tree Python, the Reticulated Python, the Carpet Python, the Olive Python and the Bornean Short-tailed Python.