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Indian Rock Python (Python molurus)

Indian Rock Python Large, thick-bodied; smooth scales; bright, blotched pattern snake. Average Length: 3mAt Birth: 50cm; Maximum: 6 m
The Indian Rok Python is a heavy-bodied, smooth-scaled snake with a lance- shaped head and short tail. The bright,blotched pattern may be yellowish to dark brown. Pythons of the hill forests of the Western Ghats and Assam are darker, and those of the Deccan and East Coast are usually lighter. The underside is whitish, yellowish or light orange. Pythons have ‘spurs’, which are vestigial legs on either side of the anal vent. Thease are larger in males. These snakes are equipped with heat sensors, small slits near the nostrils, similar in function to the’ pits’ of the pit vipers. The other species of python found in India, the Regal Python (Python reticulates) grows to over 10 metres and is probably the largest snake in the world. It is reported from the Nicobars.
Though able to adapt to many types of environment, Pythons require large undisturbed areas to hunt and hide in. Pythons sleep or bask in the sun during the daytime. At night they prowl in search of prey or lie in wait near a waterhole or a regular mammal pathway. Between March and june, the female lays up to 100 eggs, often the size of duck eggs in a safe, undisturbed hole, cave or hollow and remains coiled on them for 60 to 80 days. She may contract her body muscles rhythmically, thus incubating the cluth, affording temperature and humidity control and protection. Pythons feed mainly on warm-blooded prey ranging in size from mice and birds to jackals, civets and even deer and wild boar. Protected species under wildlife protection Act 1972.

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