Pythons belong to the Pythnidae family and got the name after the giant snake Python from the Greek mythology. They can be found in the tropical and subtropical regions of Asia, Australia and Africa.
Their length varies between 1 and 10 m, and can weigh even 140 kg. In captivity, they can live 20-30 years. Some pythons can reach an age of 40 years.
Pythons don’t see and hear well, but they perceive some sounds and vibrations through ground. They have an organ in the upper lip which detects warmth so that they could “see” the animals with warm blood even in reduced visibility conditions.
Depending on the size of the snakes, their diet consists of rodents and small reptiles or mammals, large reptiles (even crocodile) and sometimes birds. Some pythons eat fish too.
Depending on their species, females lay 10-100 eggs. The eggs hatch after a period of 2-3 months.
Male pythons reach maturity at 8 months of age, and females at 4 years.