Facts About Pythons

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  • Pythons are one of the largest non-venomous snakes.
  • Pythons can lay up to 100 eggs at a time. The baby pythons are born alive and look just like miniature versions of their adult counterparts.
  • There are some 30 different species of python, all of which are good swimmers. Most species are ground-based, but some climb trees while others burrow underground.
  • Pythons are distinguishable from boas in that they have teeth on the premaxilla, a small bone at the very front and center of the upper jaw.
  • Pythons range in size from 1 to 10 meters (3 to 30 feet) in length.
  • Pythons kill their prey by the process of constriction and by applying sufficient pressure to prevent the prey from being able to inhale, whereby they grasp the prey animal in their teeth to restrain it, hastily wrapping a number of coils around the body of the prey.
  • Once prey stop breathing it is swallowed whole. Pythons take several days to digest it completely. The larger the pray more days or weeks needed to digest it.
  • Pythons live near the equator, in Asia and Africa, where it is hot and wet and their huge bodies can stay warm.
  • Green tree python is about 7 feet long and lives in trees.
  • Female lays 12-36 eggs. She protects eggs and keeps them warm by coiling her body around them. When babies hatch, mother leaves the nest. Young snakes need to look after themselves from the first day.

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