Reticulated python coiled round a branch


Pythons are large nonvenomous constricting snakes found in Africa and Asia. They do not crush, but eventually, by tightening their coils around prey as it breathes out, the unfortunate victim is suffocated or suffers heart failure. It is then swallowed whole.

There are less than ten species of python in this group, among them is the reticulated python of Southeast Asia which is among the world’s longest snakes, regularly reaching lengths over seven metres.

Below there are links to two species of python: the African rock python and the Indian rock pythons – be sure to watch the video clips!

Scientific name: Python

Rank: Genus


The Pythons can be found in a number of locations including: Africa, Asia. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Pythons distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.


Discover what these behaviours are and how different plants and animals use them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

BBC News about Pythons