Pythons have long, cylinder-shaped narrow bodies, variations in color, and small heads. Pythons differ from boas because they have an extra bone in their head. You can find pythons in rain forests, grasslands and savannas, woodlands, swamps, desert hills and shrub lands.
Reticulated python and Burmese python
Artemis is a reticulated python — the longest snake in the world. She could grow to be more than 20 feet long!
Reticulated pythons can be found high in trees, coiled on the forest floor or completely submerged in water! Artemis was named after the mythological Greek goddess of the hunt.
Iris is an albino Burmese python.
Iris is the heaviest reptile at the Indianapolis Zoo (that is, until Artemis catches up)!
Lilly has the standard coloration for Burmese pythons. She is smaller in weight and length than Iris.
Burmese pythons are an invasive species in southern Florida
Everyone has the power to help save wild things and wild places. That power is your individual voice, your awareness and your actions. So in addition to visiting the Zoo and meeting our animal ambassadors, here are a few simple suggestions that will help save their counterparts in the wild.
Want a sssuper ssspecial experience here at the Zoo? Come check out our newest keeper chat and meet Iris and Lily, our albino Burmese pythons! Learn all about Iris and Lily from our Desert keepers and their wild counterparts. Iris is over 10 feet long and still growing! Kids and adults even have the opportunity to pet her during the chats. Burmese pythons are one of the largest snakes in the world. Although native to tropical areas including Southern and Southwest Asia, many of these pythons have been released throughout Florida, which poses a danger to the ecosystem. Make sure to stop by to see Iris and Lily and learn more about these ssstunning sssnakes!
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