A female Burmese python (Python bivittatus) arrived at the Zoo des Sables d’Olonne from Warsaw in Poland. Of impressive dimensions, it measures 4 meters long, its diameter is 20 centimeters and it weighs more than 50 kg ! She will remain alone for the moment (nothing to worry about because this species is solitary !), but the team is looking for a male for breeding…
This snake is found mainly in wooded areas (mangrove forests and tropical forests), but also in the marshes, streams and rivers of Southeast Asia.
The Burmese python is a species classified as “Vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Mainly threatened by the illegal pet trade, it is also hunted for its meat, skin and medicinal purposes. Habitat degradation by slash-and-burn agriculture, which removes prey and makes it more vulnerable, is also a significant threat.
It is protected by CITES where it is listed in Appendix II of the Washington Convention, which regulates international trade in endangered species.
The Sable Zoo is proud to be involved in the conservation of this endangered species.