The San Diego Zoo explains that none of the large snakes, including pythons, boas and anacondas, are venomous. Instead, these snakes kill their prey by suffocating it within its muscular coils. This process of asphyxiating their prey is called constriction.Continue Reading
While pythons do not inject venom into their prey, they do have long teeth that help to capture food, according to the San Diego Zoo. As a group, pythons consume a wide variety of prey, including rodents, rabbits, lizards and birds. Tree-dwelling pythons, such as green tree pythons, have longer teeth than ground-dwelling pythons. These long teeth help pythons penetrate the feathers of their avian prey more efficiently. Many zoos feed captive pythons previously frozen rabbits and rodents.
According to Wikipedia, venom and poison refer to substances that are delivered in two different ways. Venoms are injected by means of fangs or a stinger, while poisons are harmful if they are touched or injected. Even deadly snakes, such as rattlesnakes, are correctly described as venomous rather than poisonous. Poisons are used by organisms like mushrooms and millipedes to protect themselves from being consumed by predators.
The San Diego Zoo explains that pythons' natural range includes Africa, Asia and Australia. Unlike boas and anacondas, pythons deposit eggs to reproduce.Learn more about Snakes
Some snakes, such as pythons and boa constrictors, have small, vestigial legs beneath their skin and tiny, claw-like spurs on each side of the cloaca, which include the remnants of what used to be leg bones. Male snakes use these spurs during courtship and for fighting, but not for locomotion.Full Answer >
While most snakes don't care for their young, a study at UC Berkeley observed that female black rattlesnakes remain with their young until the first shed is completed, and African rock pythons defend their young for over four months after hatching. Many snakes remain to defend their clutches. However, most infant snakes are born capable of defending themselves and are left alone shortly after hatching.Full Answer >
Some examples of oviparous snakes, or snakes that lay eggs, are king snakes, pine snakes, milk snakes and pythons. Oviparous snakes are typically found in warm climates where the higher temperatures assist in the incubation period. Viviparous snakes, or snakes that give birth to live young instead of laying eggs, usually live in colder climates and higher elevations.Full Answer >
Mojave ball pythons are snakes of the species Python regius that have a reduced pattern of light markings against a dark background. The light markings are teardrop-shaped with a single dark spot in the middle and are separated from one another by darker outlines.Full Answer >