Identification of Burmese Pythons

Burmese pythons are large constrictors that can grow to over 20 feet in length, although those caught in Florida are generally between 6 and 10 feet long.  As adults, they are larger than almost all native snakes.

Typical Burmese pythons are tan in color with dark blotches along the back and sides.  The blotches look like puzzle pieces and also resemble the markings on a giraffe.  They have a pyramid-shaped head with a dark, arrowhead-shaped wedge extending toward the nose.

Python IDThe dark blotches on tan background look like puzzle pieces or the markings on a giraffe.





Burmese pythons have a dark arrowhead-shaped wedge on the back of the head.



Burmese pythons look similar to other nonnative snakes that have been reported in Florida, and they can also be confused with some native snake species.  The links below will help you distinguish these different species.


Nonnative snakes

Large, native snakes

Ball python
Reticulated python
Boa constrictor
Indigo snake
Water snakes
Diamondback rattlesnake
Cottonmouth/Water Moccasin

If you think you've seen a Burmese python or other nonnative snake on the loose, please report it to the FWC by calling the Exotic Species Hotline at 888-IVE-GOT1.  You can also report pythons online at   There are reporting apps available iPhone and Android smart phones.

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