Check out Australia Zoo’s Burmese Python!
Get up close with one of the world’s largest snake species, right here at Australia Zoo! These impressive reptiles can be spotted showing off their sheer size and beauty in the Australia Zoo Burmese python habitat. On occasion, they can also be found out and about with our team members.
Found throughout the forests of southern and southeast Asia, these giant reptiles are one of the largest snake species in the world, capable of reaching weights of over 90 kilograms (200 pounds) and over 5 metres (16 feet) long. Crikey! This species is at home in the trees, on the ground and in the water. As juvenile pythons grow and mature their prey items go from smaller creatures such as lizards, mice and rabbits all the way up animals the size of a goat. They rely on a keen sense of smell and constriction to secure their prey.
Despite the Burmese python’s enormous size, they are great swimmers and can hold their breath for half an hour.
Due to their gorgeous, patterned scales, the Burmese python is frequently and unsustainably hunted for their skins. They are a species in need of our support and are currently considered a vulnerable species.
Over 5 metres
Over 90 kilograms
60 - 90 days