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Burmese Python

  The Burmese Python is one of 3 largest snakes on Earth, easily reaching 100 pounds and very often reaching 200. But unlike the largest of all snakes, anacondas, the Burmese Python, has a mild temperament when raised in captivity.



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The Burmese Python Takes Over the World

Many people have an uncomfortable feeling about snakes and the bigger they are the more uncomfortable the people become. So when people are watching a TV show, on a channel that is supposedly a nature/fact channel, and they begin to describe the take over of  North America by giant Burmese Pythons loosed in Florida, and headed for all states north, many people become upset. Newspapers print articles about giant snakes eating babies and attacking people as they walk in the fields. Other TV specials appear about how numerous and dangerous these snakes are, and they are coming after you, so people are panicked! 

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 Bill with his scaly Lady Burmese Python, “Hernia.”  

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The people write their Congressional representatives and want to know what is being done and how this could have happened. The Congressional reps have seen the same show and they are upset too, so they act in what they believe is in everyone’s best interest. They want to ban the snakes from being pets so no more will be released to take over the world!  

Burmese Python

20-40 baby pythons are generally born from one litter but up to 80 is possible.

Hypo Burm twins

These are hypo twin Burms born of “Hernia” above.

 So called experts, from organizations that oppose owning any pet that isn’t a domestic cat or dog, are called in to testify. They agree, ban them all! They are going to take over the whole country like some sort of snake plague.  

Bill, Daisy and Vet Tech Burmese Python Bill Boesenberg

Bill teaches vet techs at Bergen Community College how to handle pythons. “Daisy” was a good patient. 

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Unfortunately this isn’t an old Pinky And The Brain cartoon, it’s real. More unfortunate is that it’s all wrong! The Burmese python is loose in Florida, along with monkeys, pigs, parrots, iguanas, parakeets, snakehead fish, house cats and a host of other animals that don’t belong there. Yes, that’s true. But unlike the pigs, monkeys, parakeets, snakeheads and cats, Burmese pythons can’t handle even a moderate winter, they die. So the idea that they will be showing up in Times Square anytime soon is ridiculous.  

Bill Boesenberg, Burmese python

Burmese Python lay, wrap and guard their eggs. They warm them using muscle contractions. During this period of about 2 months and the previous 2 month period while she was pregnant, the female Burmese Python eats nothing.

They don’t eat children, nor attack people out for a walk, and the numbers are at best unknown, and at worst grossly inflated. They do get big, but they are mostly shy animals and will run, as fast as is possible with no legs, from people. It probably is a good idea to have some form of permit system in place, but dogs are licensed everywhere and are still running loose and are much more dangerous to children than big snakes could ever be.   

14 ft python

 The furor was created from fear for the sake of ratings, to sell newspapers and TV commercials. The loose pig is actually more dangerous to crops, local animals and children but loose pigs don’t sell commercials; loose giant child eating pythons do.

We’ll try again tomorrow night, okay Pinky? 

 The final irony of all this is that there is now a federal law that prohibits us from bringing these beautiful snakes across state lines. So the children of NY, PA and CT are prohibited from experiencing the amazement of a Snakes-N-Scales presentation with a Burmese Python.–Just stupid! 


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