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Python Snake

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  • 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
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Origins

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.

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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.

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