Indian rock python (python molurus)

The Indian rock python is a non-venomous snake found in South Asia and is found in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. It is one of the longest snakes in India, and the longest one found in West Bengal measured 19 ft 2 in.
Their natural habitat includes mangrove forests, scrub jungle and dense rain forests. Between March and June, females lay up to 100 eggs, they wrap their body around the eggs until they hatch. This is known as brooding and it prevents the eggs from getting either too warm or too cold. The rock pythons feed on mammals, birds and reptiles indiscriminately although they do prefer mammals. After a heavy meal they may fast for a few weeks – the longest recorded duration has been 2 years! They live up to 25 – 30 years. In Kerala and Tamil Nadu, the meat is eaten as the fat is believed to have medicinal value. Pythons are also killed for their fine skin. This lovely snake is now locally extinct in many areas. They are partially protected by the Government of India and python skin export has been banned.

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