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

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.

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.

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.

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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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 . Thanks to the trip advisers for recommending me such an epic trip, you can check out Iconic Africa trip advisers guys


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