Python sebae (Northern African Python or African Rock Python)

Product Type: 

Journal Article

Year: 

2011

Author(s): 

Reed, R.N., D. Giardina, T. Pernas, D. Hazelton, J.G. Dozier, J. Prieto, R.W. Snow, and K.L. Krysko

Suggested Citation: 

Reed, R.N., D. Giardina, T. Pernas, D. Hazelton, J.G. Dozier, J. Prieto, R.W. Snow, and K.L. Krysko. 2011. Python sebae (Northern African Python or African Rock Python). Herpetological Review. 42(2): 303.

Python sebae is the largest snake in Africa, and one of the largest in the world. As with most giant snakes, P. sebae exhibits female-biased sexual size dimorphism. Although there are numerous claims about overall maximum size for this species (Murphy andHenderson1997. Tales of Giant Snakes. Krieger Publ. Co., Malabar, Florida. 221 pp.), the largest individuals are likely females. Literature reviews suggest males attain maximum sizes of about 4 m total length and 30-40 kg (Reed and Rodda 2009)...

      

Bob Reed
Bob Reed