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Re: African Python

Unread postby Safrica » Sun Jan 17, 2010 8:47 pm

Saw this Python near Biyamiti last June:

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Re: African Python

Unread postby Gunner » Fri Jul 02, 2010 9:33 pm

Saw this Python on the Skukuza-Lower Sabie road....was impressed how quickly it slithered away :shock:


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Re: African Python

Unread postby Richprins » Mon Nov 08, 2010 5:45 pm

This from an email doing the rounds. Don't know where...but nice pic of the teeth! :thumbs_up:

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Re: African Python

Unread postby oddesy » Mon Nov 08, 2010 6:19 pm

RP that pics from a reserve in gauteng as far as I know. Its very unfortunate that it was killed (does not look it but its actually dead in the photos) by the electric fence.
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Re: African Python

Unread postby lee lewis » Tue Nov 09, 2010 12:27 pm

Yes, I remember seeing that sad pic a few years ago. Since then, a beautiful specimen was also done away with on my parents' farm - due to human ignorance :big_eyes: :evil:

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Re: African Python

Unread postby onewithnature » Wed Nov 17, 2010 9:53 am

Hi all

Please could you confirm that this is indeed an African Rock Python?

Thanks :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:


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Re: African Python

Unread postby Siobain » Wed Nov 17, 2010 10:23 am

Just one to add to the same sighting as OWN's, the skin pattern is a bit more prominent.

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Re: African Python

Unread postby Imberbe » Wed Nov 17, 2010 12:06 pm

:thumbs_up: Python.
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Re: African Python

Unread postby oddesy » Wed Nov 17, 2010 3:20 pm

OWN and Siobain :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

Lee Lewis, I'm not sure if its always the case but it would make logical sense for females to be bigger as they would gain more of an advantage from it.
Males tend to move around a lot more especially during the breeding season.
Also the success rate of the clutch of eggs that a brooding mother incubates is dependent on her ability to maintain the temperature between a very narrow range.
Larger pythons are able to maintain a much more constant body temperature because they are able to collect more heat when basking because of their larger body size.
So females are often very large and bulky.
Interestingly the pythons also have been noted to change colour and females who are expecting to brood will usually be very much darker than males and non-brooding females and this also helps them with absorbing heat.
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Re: African Python

Unread postby Bobbi Jane » Wed Nov 17, 2010 3:24 pm

If my eyes are not deceiving me, that python is in a struggle with a crocodile! :shock:
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Re: African Python

Unread postby Nico » Fri Nov 19, 2010 10:32 am

Near Olifantscamp, I filmed the African Rock Python. An amazing and beautiful crature. :wink:


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Re: African Python

Unread postby moggiedog » Fri Nov 19, 2010 10:47 am

I agree Nico - certainly a beautiful creature. I haven't seen one in a Sanpark - but we watched one take an impala - It was an incredible experience to see the power and lightening speed of these creatures.
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Re: African Python

Unread postby bishop3006 » Thu Dec 23, 2010 12:12 pm

Nico, nice video. Some nice photos here.

RP, that python of yours was on a game farm up in Limpopo somewhere some years back. When they opened it up there was a fully grown impala ewe inside, which is why it couldn't get through beneath the fence.
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Strange Snake Behaviour?

Unread postby Robbie A » Tue Jan 18, 2011 4:23 pm

During our recent trip to the KNP we were travelling on the gravel road from the Shingwedzi camp to Kanniedood Dam when we came across what first look like a stick lying across the road. It looked a little too perfect and straight and when I got a little closer I used my camera to zoom in on the one side.. it was a snake..

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It stayed like this for about 20 minutes, not moving at all.. I edged my car around the snake to see if it was dead but couldn't decide.. after a few more minutes, with lightning speed, it did a 360 deg and left the road and into the long grass.

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My question is: was this snake lying in wait like an ambush for something to cross it's path? The back was quite odd, almost the shape of a triangle. Is this normal behaviour?
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Re: Strange Snake Behaviour?

Unread postby shivati » Thu Jan 20, 2011 7:34 pm

I am not by any means a snake expert but I doubt it would be lying so exposed with the intention of hunting....was in greater Kruger some weeks ago and just missed a python of similar size successfully hit and swallow a baby impala....but this python was pretty concealed in longer grass/stump of tree to aid its hunting (I assume).

What I find very curious in your last two pics is the very strange "kink" just behing the head. Is this the triangle on the back you refer to Robbie A? Would also love to hear what snake experts have to say, but perhaps this is an injury...???

Whatever, a great sighting of a beautiful creature!


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