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Diet: The Burmese python, like other snakes, is carnivorous. The snake seizes its victim with its sharp, backward-pointing fangs, then wraps its body around it while compressing its muscles, killing the animal through constriction.
Burmese pythons are known to eat birds, mammals, and reptiles. However, they are primarily predatory creatures that hunt insects and other small animals. Therefore, it is likely that they would constrict larger animals such as frogs, lizards, and mice instead. Although it has been reported that the snakes will swallow large objects whole, this behavior has not been documented by scientists.
The first written account of a Burmese python swallowing something entire comes from an 1838 report in the London Journal of Natural History. The report describes how a farmer found a snake in his barn "with a frog in its mouth as big as itself." The python was caught in a sack and taken to London where it killed a dog before being released.
It isn't clear exactly what kind of frog was swallowed, but based on its size, it could have been a tree frog. Tree frogs have thick skin and can withstand being swallowed whole by predators because their thick layers of muscle help them digest their food quickly once they have swallowed it. A predator that cannot digest its prey quickly will suffer from digestive problems and might die.
Burmese pythons are a prohibited species in Australia. "It eats the food that our native species requires, so it competes with that native species, and there's the possibility for viral introduction... a snake from America comes in and he may wipe out the Australian population," Harrison explained. There have also been reports of python-carried infants being found dead in Australia.
In addition to their illegal status, there are also concerns about the impact of python farming on local populations of other animals. "There are very few regions of Asia where you will find wild populations of these snakes at all levels of abundance. So they're really not doing too well out there in the environment anyway, so why would anyone want to import more into their countries?" asked Harrison.
Finally, there is concern that escaped pets could lead to public health issues if they are not handled properly. "They are extremely aggressive when they're unprovoked, so they'll bite people on accident. If someone tries to handle them then they should wear protective clothing such as gloves or a helmet," said Harrison.
People often think that since these pythons are non-venomous they can be kept as house pets, but this is not true. "Even though they're not venomous, they still pose a threat to humans because they will attack if they feel threatened." said Harrison.
Facts about the Burmese Python: Asian Animals. The Burmese Python, which is native to Asia, is currently deemed an invasive species in the US state of Florida. The Burmese python The Burmese python is one of the world's five largest snakes. The snake is indigenous to Southeast Asia and the tropical southern hemisphere. It can be found in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Guinea, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Australia.
The Burmese python has become a problem in its new home because it competes with other animals for food and habitat. Also, the snake is known to attack humans if threatened or angered. There have been several reports of people being bitten by the Burmese python in the United States and some deaths due to infection caused by the bites.
In 2001, the Burmese python was listed as a dangerous animal by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. This means that anyone who finds a Burmese python should not try to kill it themselves but instead call a professional wildlife control company that will remove the snake from their property.
Nowadays, the only place in the world where you can find both the Burmese python and the Ashe crocodile is in the Hlawka Zoological Park in Poland. The two reptiles were donated to the park by former president Burjanulov in response to concerns about illegal trafficking and trade.