The largest of the African snakes suns itself on the rocky outcroppings of the savanna. Though not venomous, this constrictor is known to be aggressive when cornered.
Can be up to 25 feet in length, but average around 16 to 20 feet. Brown with olive and tan irregular blotching fading to white on the underside. Tan, V shape on the face with no fangs. Uses heat sensing organ in both jaws (infrared) to detect warm-blooded prey.
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African rock pythons are the largest snake species in Africa. While hatchlings are only about 18-24 inches long, adults can grow to be 20-30 feet in length and weigh about 250 pounds.
The top and bottom jaws are attached to each other with stretchy ligaments so that they can swallow prey whole. They are highly dependent on sources of water, and estivate during the hottest and driest parts of the year, remaining deep in burrows made by other animals.
Occurs in the spring. Incubation is 2-3 months. Hatchling are between 18 – 24 inches in length and appear virtually identical to adults, except with more contrasting colors.