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Where do pythons live?

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Pythons live in Africa, Asia, Florida and Australia. Depending on the species, they are found in swamps, rainforests, grasslands, marshes and desert hills, primarily in rocky outcrops, tree branches and burrows.

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The Burmese python, for example, can be found in the wetlands of Florida but are native to the rainforests and marshes of Southeast Asia. According to National Geographic, Burmese pythons are generally gentle and are often released into the wild. PBS adds that the accidental or intentional release of Burmese pythons in Florida has resulted in these pythons living in non-native lands and posing a danger to native species in Florida's Everglades National Park. Ball pythons are native to the area around Sudan, the Ivory coast and parts of Central Africa. They live in grasslands, open areas and forests, in or under burrows.

Pythons are constrictors that kill their prey by wrapping their body around it. They have two lungs and lay eggs. They can be active day or night, depending on their habitat and when their prey is most active. Although pythons only move about one mile per hour, according to San Diego Zoo, pythons move their large bodies by stiffening their ribs and using the scales on their bellies to push themselves forward on the ground and in the trees.

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