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Dwarf Python (Python anchietae)



Dwarf Python (Python anchietae)
The dwarf python has a broad head and small, tubercular head shields. Its upper lip has five heat-sensitive labial pits. Its body scales are small, smooth and in 57 to 61 rows. The dwarf python's head has a large, triangular reddish-brown mark that is bordered by a white, black-edged band. Its body is pale red-brown, with black-edged, white spots and bands. Its belly is yellowish with a few brown spots.



I. DESCRIPTION:

  • The dwarf python has a broad head and small, tubercular head shields.
  • Its upper lip has five heat-sensitive labial pits.
  • Its body scales are small, smooth and in 57 to 61 rows.
  • The dwarf python's head has a large, triangular reddish-brown mark that is bordered by a white, black-edged band.
  • Its body is pale red-brown, with black-edged, white spots and bands.
  • Its belly is yellowish with a few brown spots.
II. GEOGRAPHICAL RANGE AND HABITAT:
  • Dwarf pythons can be found in southern Angola and northern Namibia.
  • They inhabit rugged, dry, rocky sand veld and riverine bush.
III. DIET:
  • Dwarf pythons eat small birds and occasionally rodents.
IV. LIFE CYCLE/SOCIAL STRUCTURE:
  • Female dwarf pythons lay about five large eggs in November, which hatch in 60 to 70 days.
  • Females may shiver during incubation.
V. SPECIAL NOTES/ADAPTATIONS:
  • When captured, the dwarf python rolls into a tight, defensive ball and hide its head.



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