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African Rock Python

Pyton sebae

Geographical Locale

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Found in Africa – south of the Sahara; from East Africa through Mozambique, Zimbabwe and into eastern South Africa.

Appearance

  • Generally brown with lighter brown and olive green markings.
  • Belly is creamy white.
  • One of the world’s largest snakes; reaching lengths 19.5'or more.
  • Upper and lower jaw bones are not attached so they are able to open these incredibly wide.
  • No breastbone so can expand their ribs allowing them to swallow food sources much larger than themselves.
  • Pythons are ‘constrictors’ which means they hold their prey with their teeth and crush them with their body; moulding them into a shape suitable for swallowing whole.

Venom

  • Non-venomous.

Lifecycle

  • Oviparous; females lay up to 100 eggs.
  • Incubation period is between 2 and 3 months.
  • Hatchlings between 1.5' and 2' in length.
  • Hatchlings have same colour – although more vibrant – as adults.
  • Females extremely aggressive when guarding their eggs.

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