Technical Stuff

KINGDOM: Animalia
PHYLUM: Chordata
CLASS: Reptilia
ORDER: Squamata
FAMILY: Pythonidae
GENUS: Python
SPECIES: P. molurus bivittatus

What you should know

  • These snakes are gentle giants, but are powerful predators and must be treated with respect.
  • Protected by CITIES, an international regulation.
  • They are one of the longest snakes.


Indiana Wild has one Burmese Python, Mya.


Burmese pythons are native to Myanmar, India, the Bhutan, and other Southeast Asian countries. They are popular pets in the USA and many have escaped from zoos and personal collections in Florida and other southern US states where they are able to live. Named for the country of Burma, the burmese python may need a new name. Because of civil war, unstable politics, and military rule, Burma is now called MYANMAR.


Wild populations are listed as “threatened”. However, they are quite prolific in captivity so many are bred each year for the pet trade.


Mya was not rescued, she was re-homed to Indiana Wild from the Rainforest Adventure Zoo in Sevierville, TN. She came to Indiana Wild in December, 2010.


Anacondas are thought of as the longest snakes in the world, but this record actually belongs to the reticulated python. Anacondas are the heaviest snakes in the world. Burmese pythons are hunted for leather in their native countries and sometimes for food.