Pythons - Pythonidae

Green Python (Morelia viridis) The Green Python, Morelia viridis, from the rainforests of Cape York Peninsula.

Pythons are generally large, muscular snakes with solid teeth that curve backwards. They have a large number of midbody scale rows and all but two species (the Black-headed Python, Aspidites melanocephalus and the Woma, Aspidites ramsayi) have heat sensory pits along the jaw line that are used for tracking prey.

Pythons are non-venomous and kill their prey (frogs, lizards, snakes, birds and mammals) by constriction.

All pythons lay eggs and the mother stays with her clutch protecting it and warming the eggs with heat produced from shivering' movements.

There are 10 species in Queensland.

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