Python anchietae (Anchieta's dwarf python, Angola dwarf python)

Anchieta se dwergluislang, Angoladwergluislang [Afrikaans]

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Identification

Can be identified by its black edged creamy coloured blotches or bands and its small smooth body scales. It grows to an average of 1.2 meters but can reach 1.8 meters

Distribution and habitat

Occurs in southern Angola and northern Namibia and is a protected species in the latter country. Its preferred habitat is riverine bush or Karoo scrub.

Food

Consists of rodents (e.g. rats and gerbils) and birds.

Predators, parasites and disease

Unknown.

Reproduction

Oviparous (egg laying), generally laying 4 or 5 eggs in summer.

Longevity

Unknown

Medical importance

This snake poses no danger to man.

Links

References

  • Broadley, D.G. 1983. FitzSimons' Snakes of Southern Africa. Delta Books, Johannesburg.

  • Marais, J. 2004. A Complete Guide to Snakes of Southern Africa. Struik Publishing, Cape Town.

 


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