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Lots of babies

yes, there should be lots of baby pythons around at the moment, with nests of 100 eggs hatching...the one below is about the smallest I have ever seen.

however, these lovely giants are still quite rare and difficult to spot in the wild.

Unfortunately, there is a quite a bit of human conflict, with hysterical outbursts of "danger danger" although there are no recorded serious injuries in Hong Kong on record. They are more likely to be killed by cars, or taken for their skins, or even meat as was recorded in late 2018. They are a protected species in Hong Kong.

As always, information provided by our brilliant sister site: Hong Kong's largest species of snake, the Burmese Python is a relatively easy snake to identify given its distinct coloration and pattern as well as its size. Burmese are also common in the pet trade and so may have been observed outside of the wild by even the least nature-inclined individuals. Clearly discernible brown spots or patches run the length of the body with tan to greenish yellow coloration in-between the spots. The head is arrow shaped with two tan stripes running on either side of the top. This species can grow to lengths exceeding 8 meters, though more commonly observed closer to 6 meters when mature. In addition to its impressive length the Burmese is also quite a heavy snake easily exceed 90 kg when fully grown. Juveniles are similar in color and pattern to adults and relatively easy to identify.


Mostly out during the day the Burmese Python is largely terrestrial though has been observed as juveniles climbing trees in search of food, to rest or roost.

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