Found in Australia, Africa, and in Asia, pythons are categorized non-venomous snakes. Since they aren’t indigenous to North and South America, they are also under the group Old World snakes. The word refers to both the Pythonidae family and the genus Python, found in Pythonidae.
They are among the most frequently spotted snakes in the wild. Pythons are separate from boas, though the two are large constrictors.
Since these species are in bulk, pythons move through scooting through a straight line. This “rectilinear progression” movement” is characterized by solidifying their ribs for support against the ground while lifting their bellies and pushing themselves forward. While this is recognized as a slow movement, pythons cannot go more than one miles per hour.
Several species of pythons are great swimmers, and others are arboreal, hanging from branches with their tails characterized as prehensile.
Talking about their eating habits, it depends on their sizes. Smaller pythons such as the anthill python consume rodents, lizards, and smaller birds. The larger pythons are consuming mammals as huge as monkeys, antelopes, and wallabies.
They are non-venomous but are highly ambush predators. There are species capable of swimming and may lie in shallow waters as they wait for the prey to visit the body of water. They may launch themselves from one branch to the next, causing serious injuries for the snakes.
Interesting facts about pythons
Here are python trivia that you should know:
- Pythons are killing their prey by squeezing them until they stop breathing and die. These are known as constrictors.
- After killing the animals, they will swallow them in a singular piece.
- They will digest everything from their prey, except for the fur and the feathers. The poop of the python will have these undigested elements.
- The prey size determines the time needed for digestion. Larger prey needs to keep snakes satiated for weeks and even for months. These snakes eat around four to five times a year. Their diet includes monkeys, caimans, antelopes, and more.
Surviving a python attack
Venomous but not deadly – yet, you have to save yourself. They can still be dangerous since they can murder by constricting the animals or the human to death. Here’s how to survive:
- If a python bites you, set a lanyard around your outdoor knife to wrap around your wrist. This will be used to keep the python from wrapping you as much as possible, at all costs.
- The knife can also be used to stab the snake on the side, or on the belly several times in many different places. Only stop if the snake lets go and you can run away to a distance as quickly as you can.
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