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Python Burmese Health Information

Large adult Burmese Pythons will require large food items that may be expensive and difficult to procure year round. Though some people feed their pythons chickens, this is not recommended because of the risk of spreading salmonella to the snake. Like other snakes it may be better to feed in a different enclosure than the one they live in to prevent the snake from associating you with food and biting you.

Burmese Pythons are prone to Inclusion Body Disease. It is a fatal disease and all new Pythons should be carefully examined for the disease before introducing it to other animals.

Burmese Pythons grow very quickly and a full-grown Burmese Python requires a huge amount of room. Many people convert large walk-in closets into Python homes. Burmese Pythons are capable of producing a huge amount of feces and urine and the enclosure should be cleaned often. The Python should be provided with a place to hide such as a log or upside-down cardboard box. Larger snakes will likely require hand-built enclosures. The Burmese Python should always have access to a large water dish to drink from and soak in. They tend to defecate in their water, so it may need to be cleaned often.

The Burmese Python should be kept at a temperature of about 85 degrees Fahrenheit during the day, and between 75 and 80 degrees at night. They should also have a daytime basking area of around 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

Female Burmese Pythons will lay a clutch of between 8 and 100 eggs, about three months after she mates with a male. She coils her body around the eggs and incubates them for between two and three months, keeping them warm with muscular contractions. The muscle contractions keep the eggs a few degrees above the ambient temperature. Hatchling Burmese Pythons suffer a great deal from predators, when young. However, they grow very quickly and the surviving babies quickly reach the size where few animals are a threat.

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