Southern African X Burmese Python hybrids

Southern African X Burmese python hybrids

Python natalensis X Python bivittatus hybrids

Common name:

Southern African X Burmese python hybrids

Scientific name:

Python natalensis X Python bivittatus hybrids

Alternative common names:


Southern African python are dark-coloured snakes with many brown blotches bordered in black down the back. It kills its prey by constriction and often eats animals up to the size of antelope, occasionally even crocodiles.

Additional Information

Where does this species come from?

Sub-Saharan Africa

What is its invasive status in South Africa?

NEMBA Category 1a – only hybrids or cross-breeding with closely related species (Burmese pythons)

Where in South Africa is it a problem?

Only listed for hybrids with other closely related species (Burmese pythons)

How does it spread?

Captive bred hybrids with the Burmese python.

Why is it a problem?

The Southern African python is an indigenous and protected species in South Africa. The NEMBA Alien and Invasive Species Regulations only list hybrids of the Southern African Python crossed with Burmese pythons. For example, this species has previously been crossed with the exotic Burmese python in captivity and these hybrid snakes pose a concern for the conservation of the Southern African python.

What does it look like?




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