Python molurus

Status: Near Threatened

Range & Habitat
Indo-Malayan region of Asia in the Tropical forests.

Reproduction & Growth
Pythons can lay up to 100 eggs at a time. Female will coil around eggs,contracting her muscles in a rhythmic fashion to create body heat to maintain an outside air temperature about 86 degrees Fahrenheit (the only reptile to do this). Eggs hatch after 3-4 months. The young will double their size in a matter of months.

Diet: Carnivore
In the Wild: Feeds on mammals as large as deer and birds (usually ambushes prey). In the Zoo: Rats and rabbits.

General Information
Pythons are exothermic or cold blooded and can reach a length of 25 feet. Constrictors squeeze their prey to death and then swallow it whole by unhinging their lower jaw. This enables them to swallow prey much larger in diameter then themselves. Snakes sense scent molecules with their tongue and transfer them an organ on the roof of their mouth which can tell the snake if an item is food. Heat sensing pits lie between eye and nostril. The Burmese python is endangered from collection for the pet trade.

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