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Sylis, our African Rock Python.



This is our African Rock Python. This picture was taken sometime around the beginning of 2000. Sylis was only 10 feet in this picture.
Rock Pythons have a huge size potential, and a bad reputation. Our python is 13 1/2 feet long and weighs about 80 pounds. The biggest African Rock Python found was 30 feet long. Lengths of 16'(200lbs.) are fairly common, sizes over 20' may occur. Males tend to be smaller growing, often under 12' as adults. It is not a beginners snake. They can live 25+ years in captivity.
African Rock Pythons are large, constricting snakes that live in sub-Saharan Africa. The adult African Rock Python's main predator is man; it is killed for its beautiful skin, meat, and fat (used in tribal medicines). Other predators include crocodiles, badgers, and mongooses.
Their scaly skin glistens but is dry is to the touch. They are tan with brown spots and black outlines. A tan V-shape marks the face. It uses heat sensing organs in its upper and lower jaws for detecting warm-blooded prey.

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