A group of friends recently saw a massive python slither its way onto a Land Rover while on their way to Mozambique.
In a recent video that went viral in South Africa, a massive python can be seen slithering off of a Land Rover.
The video comes after a group of friends came across the Southern African python (or rock python) in Mozambique last month.
“I couldn’t believe it. I had seen a snake in captivity, but I had never seen one up close,” Thomas Bell later told News24.
He was reportedly part of a 12-man entourage travelling back to Ballito, north of Durban. They had been in Mozambique to celebrate a friend’s farewell.
Later, South Africa Live shared the video on their Facebook page where it went on to clock in over 700 000 views on Facebook alone.
According to the African Snakebite Institute, the Southern African python is by far the largest snake, reaching a maximum length of around 5.5 m and weighing around 65 kg. It used to be a subspecies of the African Rock Python (python sebae), but is now recognised as a full species.
It feeds largely on warm-blooded prey like small antelope, monkeys, game birds and dassies, but also takes leguaans and even crocodiles. 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 to 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 to 70 cm in length.
Though protected in most provinces, the Southern African python is listed as “Least concerned” in the current Reptile Atlas.
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