Albino Burmese Python
• Scientific Name: Python bivittatus
• Location: Southeast Asia
• Diet: Carnivore
• Maximum size: 25ft+
• Average Life Span: 20yrs+
Willie is a 7 year old Male Albino Burmese Python, measuring just under 12ft in length, and weighing in at around 45 lbs. Burmese Pythons are native to Southeast Asia, but like many reptiles, are captive bread here in the United States. They prey on large mammals, and will routinely have to wait for 6-8 months in between meals. This is fine though, as they use very little energy, so therefor they won't need another meal for quite some time. Many folks will tell you they've seen them grow to be "40, 50, even 100ft long!!" This is NOT true! To prove it, the New York Zoological Society, has had a reward out for anyone who presents them with a 30ft snake. The bounty was originally set up back in the days of Teddy Roosevelt (1910) and has still not been claimed. It currently stands at $50,000.
Big Pythons like the Burmese, African Rock Python, and Anaconda, have been in the news a lot over the last few years. Concerns are growing down in the Everglades region of Florida, due to the fact that irresponsible and uneducated pet owners have released their animals into the wild. The Everglades serve as a perfect environment for reptiles to live and breed, and that's what the snakes have been doing. Although not to the extent most news stories will lead on. It is a problem for the local ecology, or at least it will be soon, this is just another example of why we preach responsible pet ownership and education.
Here in New York though, larger species of snakes and monitor lizards have been outlawed since 2005. Many folks in the breeding business are outraged by this, but in all honesty, we believe it's for the best. There are very few people who are qualified to own and handle such large snakes, and people like us have the proper permits to own them and use them in our educational programs. So please, leave it to the professionals!