Angolan Python


ANIMAL:                                    Angolan Python     Python anchietae
Type of Animal: Python/Boa
Habitat: Rocky outcroppings (especially on mountains or brushy plains), riverine bush, areas strewn w/ rocks in brush/grasslands/bush, caves, desert margins, dry rocky areas, crevices, overhangs, ravine bushes,
Location(s): SW Angola & N Namibia
Appearance: Only python w/ bead-like head scales, females larger than males, reddish-brown to brown to almost black ground color, w/ irregular white/cream bands & spots, yellowish belly, some resemblance to the ball/royal python
Food/Diet: Small mammals, birds, lizards, invertebrates
Status in Wild: Stable
Conservation: Breeding from zoos & breeders
Lifestyle: Solitary
Additional Info:
Males: Females: Young: Group:
Called: Male Female Hatchling Solitary
Weight: 3.96 lbs 4.5 lbs 3.5 oz Gestation:


Life Span:

2 months
Height: N/A N/A
Body Length: 4.5 ft 5-6 ft 2.5 ft 20-30 years
Tail Length: 2 ft Same
Main predators of adults are rock pythons, lions, wild dogs, hyenas, leopards, large monitors, crocodiles, & honey badgers. Young & juveniles preyed on by birds of prey, snakes, smaller monitors, & carnivorous/omnivorous mammals.
These snakes are rather rare in captivity.
The area where these snakes come from has very little precipitation.
Temps in environment can range from 32 degrees F at night to 122 degrees F during daytime.
These snakes tend to be secretive in the wild.
It is also known as the Angolan Dwarf Python & Anchieta’s Dwarf Python.
Females lay small clutches of 4-5 eggs.
They’re active during the day (diurnal).
Like their close relatives ball pythons, they roll up into a ball if threatened.
They’re the national snake of Namibia.
Sexually mature at 3 years.
Fun Fact(s): These snakes tend to be docile.
The “anchietae” part of scientific name named for Portuguese explorer Jose de Anchieta.
Few people dare risk catching them in wild due to relatively remote/inaccessible habitat, & in Angola, habitat still covered w/ landmines from Angolan Civil War (1975-2002). Also, export not allowed in Namibia.

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