Burmese pythons are light brown to tan in color with dark brown markings found along the back and sides of their body. Captive pythons are often bred to create specific coloration, including albinism and amelanism. Amelanistic animals lack the normal melanin or pigmentation, but they do not have red eyes like true albinos. Burmese pythons are non-venomous, so they kill their prey using constriction. Their backward facing teeth hold the prey and prevent them from escaping. The python’s jaw allows it to swallow something 4-5 times larger than its head. Burmese pythons have heat pits, which look like small holes, in their upper lip that sense heat in the air emitted from nearby animals. These snakes also sense their environment using their tongue. By flicking their tongue in the air, the python picks up particles in the air. The Jacobson’s organ located through a hole in the roof of the snake’s mouth then decodes those particles. Burmese pythons are one of the six largest species of snakes in the world.