ANIMAL: African Rock Python Python sebae Type of Animal: Boa/Python Habitat: Savanna, grassland, woodland, forest, rocky areas, semi-desert, swamps, rivers, lakes, forest edge Location(s): Africa S. of Sahara except for true deserts & mountainous areas. Invasive species in S. Florida. Appearance: Brown w/ olive & tan blotching. Female longer & heavier than male. Food/Diet: Monkeys, chimps, bonobos, pygmy hippos, pigs, lizards including monitors, fish, small & medium-sized antelope plus calves of large species, goats, rodents, hares, rabbits, foxes, dogs, cats, birds, other snakes including smaller pythons & venomous snakes, mongooses, civets, hyraxes, badgers, pangolins, lion cubs, & even crocodiles. Human children have been eaten on rare occasions. Status in Wild: Stable Conservation: Breeding in zoos & reptile parks. Bred for reptile hobby, skin, & meat. Lifestyle: Solitary Additional Info: Called: Male Female Young-Snakelet Group-Solitary Weight: Male-100-120 lbs Female-150-200 lbs Young-10 lbs Gestation: 2-2.5 months Body Length: Male-12-14 ft Female-16-20 ft Young-1.47-1.96 ft Life Span: 20-25 years Tail Length: 2 ft Main predators of adults are lions, hyenas, wild dogs, leopards, Nile crocodiles, & West African crocodiles. In case of crocodiles, croc & python fight to death & whoever dies first gets eaten. Honey badgers, caracals, servals, & slender-snouted crocs prey on smaller males & hatchlings (sometimes very hungry female will eat much smaller male), while mongooses, pigs, & dwarf crocs only eat hatchlings. They usually lay eggs in abandoned burrow, termite mound, or cave. Sexually mature at 3 years old. Female lays 20-50, as many as 100 eggs each breeding season & incubates for 2-3 months. Like all reptiles, they’re cold-blooded. 4th largest snake in the world & largest snake in Africa. Prey killed by constricting & suffocating, then swallowing it whole. Both sexes fast during breeding season, w/ females continuing until the eggs hatch. After hatching, young have to fend for themselves. Fun Fact(s): THESE SNAKES OFTEN EXTREMELY AGGRESSIVE, ESPECIALLY WHEN FEEDING/HUNGRY OR CORNERED. Often only eats once or twice a month. Might not eat for 6 months or even a year after very large meal.