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What animal class are Pythons?
Reptilia. Pythons are reptiles. They are cold-blooded, have scales and lay eggs like other snakes. They are not members of the Amphibia or Arthropoda classes. Amphibia include animals like frogs, while Arthropoda species have an exoskeleton.
What is the difference between an anaconda and a python?
Their eggs are different. Both the anaconda and python are types of constrictors, but an anaconda is a type of boa constrictor and a python is a separate family in the suborder serpentes. Their main difference is how they have their young. Anacondas have eggs inside their bodies, whereas pythons will lay on top of thin eggs until the young are born.
Pythons live on a few continents. Which continent is NOT one of their natural habitats?
North America. Though there are non-native groups living in Florida, pythons natural habitat is in Africa, Asia and Australia.
How many species of python are recognized as of 2010?
There are 17 species of python.
Why are pythons considered constrictors if they are not boa constrictors?
They squeeze their prey. When a python attacks, it grabs prey with its teeth then coils around it, squeezing the life out of the catch by suffocating it. Pythons will swallow their prey whole.
What do pythons eat?
Birds and small mammals. Most species of python will eat large insects, but they mainly eat birds and small mammals like mice, rats and rabbits. However, larger pythons will eat pigs, goats and even, in Florida, the Burmese python will attack alligators.
Do pythons have predators?
Yes. In the python’s natural habitat, large birds will eat young and small pythons. Lions, panthers and other large cats will eat the adult pythons.
Pythons cannot swim. True or False?
False. Pythons can absolutely swim. They live in swampy, tropical areas where they can hunt in and near the water. They do not dive, but they can swim underwater and skim along the top.
Pythons need to slither back and forth to move. True or False?
False. Pythons can move forward in a straight line with rectilinear progression, a motion made possible by stiffening their rib cage and moving underbelly scales forward to propel the movement.
How long can a Burmese python get?