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Python Snake Facts - Information about Pythons

Updated on April 29, 2014

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Python Snake Facts

Most people, when they think of pythons, think of very large snakes that can swallow up a pig and other large animals. There are different types of pythons, and while some of these snakes can grow quite large, like the reticulated python, some are also very small. In fact, the anthill python only grows up to 23 inches in length.

Pythons are usually not dangerous to people. They only attack when they are provoked or misused. Their typically easy-going personality is why many snake lovers have them as pets. People who have them as pets must take care that the snake does not escape If they do escape, they become a threat to other people's dogs, cats, and other pets and could even threaten the surrounding ecosystem by becoming an invasive species.

Antaresia perthensis (Anthill Python)
Antaresia perthensis (Anthill Python) | Source

Facts About Python Eating and Hunting Habits

Like almost all snakes, pythons do not chase their prey. Rather, they ambush, strike them down, and then wrap themselves around their unsuspecting victims. Remember, all types of pythons are not venomous, but they are very strong, and can usually kill by suffocation in a matter of minutes.

Larger pythons, like the reticulated python, usually preys on other snakes (such as cobras), various birds, and mammals. Sometimes, the larger snakes will even kill and eat pigs and goats! Anthill and other smaller kinds of pythons will prey on small rodents such as mice and rats.

Reticulated Python photo from wiki
Reticulated Python photo from wiki | Source

Where do Pythons Live?

As I said before, there are many different types of pythons. And obviously, different types live in different areas. Most pythons are native to either Africa, Asia, and Australia.

Some people think that because there are many pythons in Florida, they are native there to. This is not the case because they are considered an invasive species, that is, they are not a natural part of the ecosystem.

Pythons are found mostly in rain forests, savannas, or deserts, in tropical and/or subtropical areas. Larger sized pythons usually stay on land, although there are some smaller species that also climb trees. These snakes have also been known to be in rivers and swamps, so if you ever go swimming in Africa, you'd better watch out!

Python Eggs
Python Eggs | Source

Facts about Python Reproduction Habits

Like most snakes, pythons do not give birth to snakes, but rather they lay eggs. The mother usually care for their eggs, wrapping herself around them to keep them warm. They usually have their nest underground, and after around 60 days, they hatch. While these snakes do protect their eggs, once they have hatched, the baby pythons are left to survive on their own.

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