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Indian python, Python molurus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Pythonidae
Fitzinger, 1826
A python in a tree

Python is the name given to a number of constricting snakes. Such snakes are not venomous. The family in question is that of the Pythonidae. Some people think it is related to that of the Boa snakes. However, boas produce live young, while pythons lay eggs. Pythons can be found in Australia, Southeast Asia and Africa. Pythons can range from 3 feet long in species like ball pythons to 29 feet in species like reticulated pythons. Longer pythons have been seen, but the reports are not secured. Larger pythons can prey on animals as large as a house cat or a full-grown deer. In Africa, there are pythons that eat gazelles. To catch its prey, the python squeezes it to death, then swallows it whole. Despite their size, pythons are rarely dangerous to humans.

The python comes from Asia. It eats rats, mice, rabbits and chicken.It can be up to 900 cm long and weigh up to 90 kg, but males are much smaller and lighter than females. The python normally lives up to 30 years. The breeding time is between 60 or 70 days.

Pythons are reptiles without limbs. Their long body only consists of a head, trunk and tail.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. Hannover Zoo: Python, viewed 2012-12-07