Mexican Burrowing Python

Mexican Burrowing Python

Range:

Southern Mexico to Costa Rica; also the caribbean coast in Northwestern Honduras

Habitat:

Dry, rocky areas to moderately damp tropical forests

Characteristics:

These snakes have a shovel-shaped head for burrowing their way through loose sand and dirt.

Mexican Burrowing Python
Behavior:

Mexican Burrowing snakes are nocturnal (active at night) and spend a lot of time underground, but do surface to hunt.

Reproduction:

Being pythons, these snakes are egg layers. They average four eggs per clutch, usually laid March to April. The young hatch in May. Little or no parental care is given to newborn snakes.

Interesting Facts:

This species spends most of its life underground. The large scales on its head help it to burrow through sandy soil. For many years, the remnant pelvic bones present in this species led to its being classified as a python - the only python species in the western hemisphere. It is now considered to be the only species in its own family.

Conservation:

These animals are seldom seen in their natural range but are thought to be fairly common, but difficult to find due to their underground lifestyle.

Mexican Burrowing Python
Range
Class: reptiles
Order: Squamata
Family: Loxocemidae
Genus: Loxocemus
Species: bicolor
Length: 4 ft. (1.2m)
Average Lifespan: 40 years
Wild Diet: Rodents and lizards
Zoo Diet: Rodents
USFWS Status: Not Listed
CITES Status: Not Listed
Where at the Zoo? Small Animal Building: Temperate Zone


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