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The African Rock Python

Updated on December 18, 2009

Before buying an African Rock Python please read the below information. And watch the videos on this hub page about African Rock Pythons.

Here is a Rock Python in the wild with its captured prey
Here is a Rock Python in the wild with its captured prey

The African Rock Python

The African Rock Python is not a snake for the beginner or the casual person wanting a snake. This snake needs a large enclosure and it will need to be fed large animals. When full grown this snake will require several people to move or handle it.

The African Rock Python is from Sub Saharan Africa where its main predator is man. The snake is hunted for its meat , its skin , and for its fat which is used in tribal medicines.

And as I said above this is not a snake for a beginner as this is a vicious snake that should not be handled at all after it reaches 15 feet. If you do you are taking a chance on disaster and it could very well result in your death if you attempt to handle one of these African Rock Pythons over 15 feet by yourself.

This snake needs at least a 8ft.X6ft. room , a large bathing pool and you need to have a lot of respect for this snake. This snake needs a average day time temperature of 85 degrees and a average nighttime temperature of 75 degrees. The humidity in its enclosure needs to be around 60 percent.

Like all snakes they swallow their prey head first and this snake will not be happy or satisfied with a rat meal. It requires rabbits and larger animals for its meals. So you can see this snake would not only be hard for an individual to handle it will also require you to obtain animals for your African Rock Python to eat.

I strongly suggest that if your really into African Rock Pythons that you visit them in a Zoo or Reptile Park and leave the care of this one to the professionals. This snake after reaching over 15 feet can be a very dangerous animal that should not be kept in a home environment.

Deadly African Rock Python can swallow a fully grown man whole

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      Alice 6 years ago

      damn, ewwwwwwwwww