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Amethistina python is a non-venomous snake,killing its prey by constriction after grabbing it in its jaws or with its body.It’s Australia’s largest snake, growing to lengths of 8.5 metres, but more commonly 3.5-7.5 metres.
Where does this species come from?
Australia (Queensland); Indonesia (Maluku, Papua); Papua New Guinea (Bismarck Archipelago).
What is its invasive status in South Africa?
NEMBA category 2
Where in South Africa is it a problem?
KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, Gauteng, and Limpopo Provinces.
How does it spread?
This species is utilized in the pet trade.
Why is it a problem?
They compete for food resources with other species. There is no record of Amethystine Pythons being a danger to human beings and will do everything possible to avoid human contact.
What does it look like?
Description: It’s a large snake, growing to lengths of 8.5 metres, but more commonly 3.5-7.5 metres. Although long, it is quite slender with an elongated head. The snakes are light to dark brown and can have a dark brown to black zig-zag pattern that sometimes looks like bands. Their underbellies are white or cream coloured. The snake has a prehensile tail (which means they can use their tail to grip things) and this helps them move through the trees. They often bask in the sun on tree branches.
Habitat: They are found in open and closed forests from rainforest to woodland and open scrubland and prefer areas near water. They are good swimmers.
Breeding: Mating occurs between June to September and 7-19 eggs are laid. These stick together in a clutch which the female then coils around, shivering her muscles to raise the temperature to keep the eggs warm. Incubation lasts 77-88 days and then the young break through their leathery eggs and after waiting for up to 48 hours, takes off.