Pythons of all sizes get friendly at Cairns Tropical Zoo
IT was a case of young meets old at Cairns Tropical Zoo after these two Burmese pythons were introduced to each other for the first time.
At just six months old, Burma already measures about a metre long, but that was small fry compared with her fellow slithery friend Bertha, who comes in at a staggering 4.5m.
"They can get to be a little bit larger than that, but they’re definitely one of the largest species of snake in the world," Cairns Tropical Zoo reptile supervisor Alex Mitchell said of Bertha, 15.
"They could have the potential to get over 5m long."
Mr Mitchell said Burma was a frequent visitor at the zoo’s daily snake show where visitors could "get up and close and personal", together with her larger snake cousins.
Cairns Tropical Zoo currently has four Burmese pythons at its enclosure.
They are fed on a regular diet of rats, chicken, rabbits and other small mammals and birds.
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Slippery customers: Burma the Burmese python meets her larger cousin Bertha at Cairns Tropical Zoo. Picture: BRENDAN FRANCIS