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African Rock Python

Africa’s largest snake, the African Rock Python, is a species of non-venomous snakes, and is one of the 11 members of the genus ‘python’. They are spread across the sub-Saharan regions of the ‘dark continent’.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptili
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Pythonidae
    Genus Python
    Scientific Name Python sebae


    Length 9 ft 10 in to 11 ft 7 in
    Color Colored blotches with body markings varying between brown, olive, chestnut, and yellow, fading to white on the underside
    Distribution They are diverged into two sub-species, with one sub-species found across the Central and Western parts, while the other is spread across the Southern parts of the sub-Saharan regions
    Habitat Forests, savanna, grasslands, semi-desert, and rocky areas. Particularly associated with areas of permanent water and is found on the edges of swamps, lakes and rivers
    Diet Large rodents, monkeys, warthog, antelopes, fruit bats, monitor lizards, small crocodiles, rats, poultry, goats, dogs; rarely cubs of leopards, lions, cheetahs, puppies of hyenas, cape-hunting dogs
    Venom Fact Non-venomous
    Breeding Season Spring
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 20 to 100 eggs
    Reproductive Age 3-5 years of age
    IUCN Conservation Status Not Evaluated

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    Published on December 13th 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 10th June 2019.

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