Burmese Python is a widely distributed in Southeast Asia, but extensive population declines are evident. Main threats are harvesting for the skin, traditional medicine and pet trade, as well as habitat degradation.
Burmese Python is also established as an invasive species in the wild in Florida via the pet trade, and negatively affects native species there.
■ Included in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species in 2012 as Vulnerable (VU).
■ Listed in Appendix II of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES, or Washington Convention).
■ Phylum Chordata – chordates
■ Class Reptilia – reptiles
■ Order Squamata – scaled reptiles
■ Family Pythonidae – pythons
■ Species Python bivittatus – Burmese Python
Burmese Pyhton previously was considered a subspecies of Rock Python, as Python molurus bivittatus. Now Burmese Python is recognized as a full species, Python bivittatus.