African Rock Python

The African Rock Python is a perfect example of one of the beautiful reptiles in South Africa that can be seen at Wild 5 Adventures!

Wild 5 Adventures has an abundance of wild life and birds that can be enjoyed along with their world renowned adrenalin packed adventure activities.

Name: African Rock Python [Python sebae]
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Boidae
Subspecies: 2 races are recognized: African rock python [Python sebae sebae] and Southern African rock python [Python sebae natalensis]
Length Female: 5,0 m
Length Male: 4,25 m

Description
The African Rock Python is Africa’s largest snake. There is a large spearhead mark on the crown of the head; dark and light bands radiating from eye to lip. The body is grey-green/-brown, with dark-brown, black-edged bars and blotches on top.

Distribution
The African Rock Python is found in sub-Saharan Africa through Central and West Africa with the Southern African Rock Python found from Kenya through to South Africa where it is found in the Lowveld, reaching Kwa-Zulu Natal south coast, and extending along the Limpopo valley to Lobatse in Botswana and into the Northern Cape.

Breeding
The female lays 30 – 50 large, almost spherical eggs. The female coils around her clutch to protect the eggs, but does not incubate them by shivering. The young hatch in 65 – 80 days.

Diet
The African Rock Python feeds on small antelope, monkeys, guinea fowl and domestic animals with fish, monitor lizards and crocodiles also eaten.

Field Notes
The African Rock Python is non-venomous, rather killing its prey by constriction.

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Source: http://www.krugerpark.co.za/africa_african_rock_python.html

2 thoughts on “African Rock Python

  1. storyteller

    The article was short and precise, thank you so much guys. Only 2 races of the african rock python is recognized? woooo good stuff. Im planning to visit Kruger National Park some time this year, i hope to see this snake. This article reminds me of the time i went to check out this small snake park in water front, it was so cool, i enjoyed my self, you can check it out http://www.capetown.travel . Thanks to the trip advisers for recommending me such an epic trip, you can check out Iconic Africa trip advisers guys http://www.iconicafrica.com/

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