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Indian Python

Indian python is a large python species occurring in the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Like all pythons, it is a nonvenomous constrictor. The carnivorous species is known to be lethargic and slow moving. The snake is an adept swimmer.

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

    Other Names Black-tailed Python, Indian Rock Python, Asian Rock Python
    Length Rarely more than 3.7 m; largest recorded specimen measures 6.4 m
    Weight 32 to 55 kg; largest recorded specimen may  weigh more than 91 kg
    Color Whitish or yellowish with tan to dark brown blotched patterns
    Distribution India, southern Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh
    Habitat Grasslands, swamps, marshes, woodlands, rocky foothills, open jungle, river valleys, abandoned mammal burrows, dense water reeds, hollow trees, mangrove thickets
    Diet Mammals, birds, reptiles
    Hibernation Fact Hibernate during winter months
    Predators Juveniles fall prey to eagles, crocodiles, tigers, leopards, hyenas
    Venom Fact Nonvenomous
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size Up to 100 eggs
    Incubation Period 2 to 3 months
    Reproductive Age 2 to 3 years of age
    Average Lifespan 20 to 30 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Near Threatened

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    Published on January 10th 2017 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 13th June 2019.

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