Burmese python


Definition of Burmese python

: a very large python native to southeastern Asia that has a tannish skin marked with olive brown blotches and is often kept as a pet

Note: The Burmese python is considered either a subspecies (Python molurus bivittatus) of the Indian python or a separate species (Python bivittatus). In captivity, Burmese pythons typically reach a length of over 12 feet (3.7 meters) and may reach a length of over 20 feet (6.1 meters). They have become an invasive species in areas (such as southern Florida) where they have been released into the wild.

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1967, in the meaning defined above

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“Burmese python.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Burmese%20python. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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