The Burmese Python is the largest subspecies of the Indian Python and one of the 6 largest snakes in the world, native to a large variation of tropic and subtropic areas of Southern and Southeast Asia. They are often found near water and are sometimes semi-aquatic, but can also be found in trees. Wild individuals average 12 ft long, but may reach up to 19 ft. Like all snakes, Burmese Pythons are carnivorous. Their diet consists primarily of appropriately-sized birds and mammals. The Burmese python is frequently captive-bred for colour, pattern, and more recently size. Its albino form is especially popular and is the most widely available morph. Although this species has a reputation for docility, they are very powerful animals, capable of inflicting severe bites or even killing by constriction. Although pythons are typically afraid of people due to their high stature (especially given that snakes are usually low to the ground), and will generally avoid people, special care is still required when handling them.