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Python sebae natalensis
Seem crossing the road at night in Mlawula Nature Reserve, Swaziland. Possibly a Southern African Python, Python natalensis ? Some consider the more southerly population of this snake to be a separate species, Python natalensis while others consider this population to be a subspecies of Pythin sebae.
The reserve lies within the transitional zone between two biogeographic regions, the dry thorn savannas of the west, and the moister coastal thickets of the east.
Africa's largest snake and one of the six largest snake species in the world (along with the green anaconda, reticulated python, Burmese python, Indian python, and amethystine python), specimens may approach or exceed 6 m (20 ft). The southern subspecies is generally smaller than its northern relative. The snake is found in a variety of habitats, from forests to near deserts, although usually near sources of water. The snake becomes dormant during the dry season. The African rock python kills its prey by constriction and often eats animals up to the size of antelope, occasionally even crocodiles. The snake reproduces by egg-laying. Unlike most snakes, the female protects her nest and sometimes even her hatchlings.
Lat: -26.18, Long: 31.98
Spotted on Mar 29, 2014
Submitted on Apr 5, 2019
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