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Python snakes are constrictors, have special heat-sensing organs and can grow up to 33 feet long. Pythons live in a range of habitats throughout Africa, Southeast Asia and Australia including grasslands, swamps, rain forests and woodlands.


Pythons are a group of non-venomous snakes that ambush and constrict their prey to death, then swallow them whole. Most pythons can sense heat in addition to their good vision and sense of smell. All female pythons lay eggs, and some incubate the eggs until they hatch.


Pythons have many predators. Young pythons are subject to predation from birds, wild dogs, hyenas, larger snakes and even insects and spiders. Adult pythons are not immune to risk and may be attacked and eaten by birds of prey, leopards and lions.


The reticulated python, the largest snake in the world, measures 30 feet long. Pythons attack people only if they are surprised, provoked or protecting their offspring.


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.


The ball python is a reptile that lives a long life, thrives in a dry climate, is considered sacred in many cultures and has a gentle disposition. This reptile is considered the longest-lived snake, living for an average of 30 years. The oldest ball python on record liv...


Although it is rare, there have been documented cases of pythons eating humans. The victims are typically children or otherwise small in stature, as the broad shoulders of adults are too large for most pythons to swallow.