Summary details for Python natalensis


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Southern African Python

Python natalensis

The Southern African Python occurs throughout Southern Africa. They are nocturnal and are fairly widespread, preferring both savannah and rocky outcrops. This is longest and heaviest snake in Southern Africa and can easily exceed 5 meters.

Southern African Python
Southern African Python © Photo: Francois Theart
Southern African Python
Southern African Python © Photo: Francois Theart
Southern African Python
Southern African Python © Photo: M O'Shea/K Stratford/Ongava Research Centre