southern african python

The Southern African Python is among the world’s largest snakes, reaching a maximum length of around 5.5m and weighing around 65kg. Photo: Science The Wire https://science.thewire.in/

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The Southern African Python is among the world’s largest snakes, reaching a maximum length of around 5.5m and weighing around 65kg.

southern african python

The Southern African Python is among the world’s largest snakes, reaching a maximum length of around 5.5m and weighing around 65kg. Photo: Science The Wire https://science.thewire.in/

The Southern African Python is among the world’s largest snakes, reaching a maximum length of around 5.5 metres and weighing around 65 kilograms.

According to the African Snakebite Institute website, it feeds largely on warm-blooded prey like small antelope, monkeys, game birds and dassies, but also takes leguaans and even crocodiles.

Southern African Python attacks on humans are rare and fatalities virtually unheard of.

This snake is largely active at night, but is fond of basking during the day. It is at home in water and can remain submerged for long periods.

Females produce 30-60 (but in exceptional cases more than 100) eggs, which are roughly the size of a tennis ball. The female remains with her eggs throughout incubation and the young measure 50-70cm in length.

FOR MORE ANIMAL SIGHTING VIDEOS VISIT THE SOUTH AFRICAN WEBSITE

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