Indian Python – A Dreaded Asian Snake

This snake, whose characteristics are very difficult to miss will be the subject of this new blog. Belonging to the family Pythonidae  and whose notoriety is immense in India. This snake is known especially for its size. Its generic name is Python molurus.

It will be localized in Asia as its name suggests and more precisely in India, but it can be found in some areas of other countries such as Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh. In short all the countries around India. One of the incredible stories was the export of this snake to Florida in the 20th century. 

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1. Description of the Indian Python

We are going to propose to you a description easy to remember and above all quite complete. It is a constrictor snake, so it uses its body to strangle its prey. Its length is between 3-6 m  and it can reach a weight of 100 kg, yes it is very heavy. In terms of color, it is rather white with spots that vary from light brown to dark brown. But it should be known that perfect these snakes can vary enormously in their characteristics, they can be darker or longer depending on the location.

2. Indian Python diet

Indian pythons are strict carnivores. Its diet does not change compared to other snakes. Its diet is composed of mammals, birds, or reptiles. As we have said, this snake remains a constrictor so it will always seek to strangle this prey. And like all its fellow constrictor, this snake has a jaw that can dislocate, allowing it to swallow huge prey. After a big meal, this type of snake can enter a very long period of fast. The longest fast period recorded up to now is 2 years. The great advantage for this snake is the teeth shape because if a prey enters its mouth there is no turning back. Its teeth are arranged in a certain way so that there is no turning back.

indian python

3. Indian Python reproduction

Its reproduction is especially during spring and this snake is oviparous. The females can get pregnant from 4 years old. So, after the fecundation, it is enough two months to lay a hundred eggs and it is enough for their mothers to incubate them for two months. The young will be born with an ability to maintain their temperature but also an ability to eat rodents or vertebrates. They can reach up to 40-55 cm.

indian python oviparus

4. Indian Python conservation and captivity

It is a very protected snake and very difficult to access. Many countries consider this snake as a danger. They have confused it with its cousin Python Bivitattus another species that was part of the same family of the Indian snake.

indian python carnivore

5. Summary

You know everything about this snake now, it has a large size, it lives in India… Well, that wasn’t really new information. But it’s a constrictor so it doesn’t use venom to attack its prey. This snake is not really a good idea if you want a pet unless you are someone who likes to take risks.

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