Herp of the day

Herp of the day: African rock python

The African rock python (Python sebae) is a large, nonvenomous snake of sub-Saharan Africa being the largest snake on the continent and one of the six largest snake species in the world.

Specimens may approach or exceed 6 m (20 ft). There are 2 subspecies, the southern one is generally smaller than its northern relative and they are found in a variety of habitats, from forests to near deserts, although usually near sources of water. 

The African rock python kills its prey by constriction and often eats animals up to the size of antelope, occasionally even crocodiles. The snake reproduces by egg-laying and unlike most snakes, the female protects her nest and sometimes even her hatchlings.

These snakes are widely feared, though it very rarely attacks humans. Although the snake is not endangered, it does face threats from habitat reduction and hunting.