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Mexican Burrowing Python


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


Dry, rocky areas to moderately damp tropical forests


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

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


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:

Placement in the python family has been questioned at times.


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
Class: reptile
Order: Squamata
Genus: Loxocemus
Species: bicolor
Length: 4 ft. (1.2m)
Average Lifespan: 40
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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