Python Snake<<<< Back to Snakes
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Chordata
- Class: Reptilia
- Order: Squamata
- Family: Pythonidae
- Conservation status: Not Evaluated
- Lenght: 4 - 7 m (1.8 - 3 inch) with tail
- Weight: 90 kg ( 200 pounds)
- Areal: Africa and Asia
- Habitat: Tropical areas
- Food: Carnivorous
- Food: mice, rats, lizards, birds, etc
- Speed: 20 mph (33 KmH)
- Lifespan: 40 years
- Litter size: 5 - 15 eggs
The python is part of the Pythonidae family. Its name comes from Greek and it is a non –venomous snake family that can be found in Africa, Asia and Australia (specifically India, southern China, Philippines, Indonesia, New Guinea, etc.).
They are some of the largest snakes in the world. Currently there are eight known genuses and 26 species of pythons.
Food Python snake
They kill their prey through body strength. Theywrap around the prey and squeeze it by putting pressure on it until this succumbs because of pain or lack of air. Larger specimens usually eat prey the size of a cat or a dog.
There have been cases when an adult python ate a deer or a gazelle. The prey is swallowed whole. The snakes digestion process lasts from few days to several weeks.
Features Python snake
Most specimens are ambush predators. Usually they stand still ready to attack in a camouflaged position. When the prey gets in their range they attack right away. They do not attack humans unless they are frightened or provoked. Exceptions are those that protect their eggs. It can attack and swallow even kids after killing them by suffocation. Reports indicate that attack on humans are rare.
- Antaresia childreni, Children's python
- Antaresia maculosa, Spotted python
- Antaresia perthensis, Pygmy python
- Antaresia stimsoni, Stimson's python
- Apodora papuana, Papuan python
- Aspidites melanocephalus, Black-headed python
- Aspidites ramsayi, Woma
- Bothrochilus boa, Bismark ringed python
- Leiopython albertisii, D'Albert's water python
- Leiopython bennettorum, Bennett's white-lipped python
- Leiopython biakensis, Biak white-lipped python
- Leiopython fredparkeri, Parker's white-lipped python
- Leiopython hoserae, southern white-lipped python
- Leiopython huonensis, Huon white-lipped python
- Liasis fuscus, Brown water python
- Liasis mackloti, Macklot's python
- Liasis olivaceus, Olive python
- Morelia amethistina, Amethystine python
- Morelia clastolepis, Moluccan Python
- Morelia boeleni, Boelen's python
- Morelia bredli, Bredl's python
- Morelia carinata, Rough-scaled python
- Morelia kinghorni, Kinghorn's python
- Morelia nauta, Tanimbar python
- Morelia oenpelliensis, Oenpelli python
- Morelia spilota, Carpet pythons
- Morelia tracyae, Halmahera python
- Morelia viridis, Green tree python
- Python anchietae, Angolan python
- Python bivittatus, Burmese python
- Python bivittatus progschai, Dwarf Burmese python
- Python breitensteini, Borneo short-tailed python
- Python brongersmai, Red blood python
- Python curtus, Sumatran short-tailed python
- Python kyaiktiyo, Myanmar short-tailed python
- Python molurus, Indian python
- Python molurus molurus, Indian python
- Python regius, Royal python
- Python reticulatus, Reticulated python
- Python sebae, African rock python
- Python sebae natalensis, Natal rock python
- Python sebae sebae, African rock python
- Python timoriensis, Timor python
Reproduction Python snake
Female lay eggs. This thing differentiates it from the Boa snake that gives birth to live hatchlings. After laying their eggs, the female incubate them until they hatch. This is done by stimulating the muscles, raising the temperature to a certain degree. Keeping the eggs at a constant temperature is essential for a healthy embryo development.
In the incubation period, females won’t feed to mantain a high body temperature. Most species of this family are available commercially as exotic animals. Large specimens require maximum attention. There were cases when the owners were killed.
A Python snake usually live for 20 to 25 years.
Did you know that:
- It can swallow very large prey compared to its body.
- A 4 meters python swallowed an adult deer.
- It is believed that there are pythons large enough to swallow an adult human.
- kill their prey through body strength.