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African Rock Python

(Python s. sebae)

 

Category: Reptiles

 

 

This species is the largest native snake in Africa and one of the five largest species of snakes on the planet. They are capable of reaching twenty feet in length and are able to thrive in a variety of habitats. African Rock Pythons use constriction to kill their prey, which can include antelope and even crocodiles!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Python_sebae

http://www.reptilesmagazine.com/Snake-Species/African-Rock-Python

 

Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Reptilia
Order - Squamata
Family - Pythonidae
Genus - Python
Species - P. sebae

 
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Interesting Animal Facts

The not-a-snake

The slow worm has a long body, lacks limbs, and is covered in lustrous scales - so is it a snake? No, it is a lizard! Because unlike snakes, the slow worm has eyelids, visible ears, and like many lizards, its tail can break off in the mouth of a predator, allowing them to escape for another day. The slow worm belongs to the Anguidae family, and similarly (but independently) lost their limbs to better adapt to their environments. These “not-snakes” can be found in gardens throughout Europe and the UK, helping to control the population of slugs and other pests, though you probably won’t see any if you have a cat: a slow worm will likely prove a favorite food of your cat!

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