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Animal Scene - 2021-09-01

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NO TINY SNAKE

SCALY SPECIAL

Burmese pythons are native to South and Southeast Asia and are one of the five largest species of snakes in the world. These are no tiny starter snakes. They are found in the wild near water or inside trees, and they grow to about an average of 12 feet in length. Exceptional individuals can grow longer than 20 feet and weigh more than 250 pounds. Because they have simple needs and are relatively tame creatures, Burmese pythons are some of the most suitable of the large snakes to keep. These snakes are available in a variety of colors and patterns, such as caramel granite. Since these serpents originated from tropical climates, they adapt easily to the local climate. One experienced keeper is Melvin So, who has had many Burmese pythons under his care. “I used to have at least 10 visible Caramel Granite Burmese Pythons under my care,” So explains. “My other Burmese Pythons are gene carriers.” With so many snakes in his care, does So have a favorite? “I like all of my Burmese Pythons,” he answers. “It’s difficult to choose just one because all of them have different personalities and traits. They are unique in their own ways.” So, what makes this Caramel Granite Burmese Python special in So’s eyes? “This is a truly amazing animal,” So says fawningly. “Two recessive genes in one snake, since Caramel and Granite are both recessive genes.”

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