Africa rock python

African rock pythons feed on birds and medium sized mammals. The larger python captures warthogs, bush buck, goats, sheep, crocodiles and other small domestic animals. A huge meal takes months to digest. It kills by constriction, ambushing and coiling around its prey and tightening until the victim breathe out.

The snake lays 20-100 hard shelled elongated eggs in an old animal burrow, termite mound or in caves. The female coils around her clutch, protecting them from predators and possibly helping them to incubate them and also guards them up to two weeks after hatching.

Pythons are among the most primitive of snake’s evolutionary terms, with two functioning lungs and a small thorn like projections on their lower body.

Currently available at Meru national museum, Meru national parks and reserves.