Collection: Pythons

Project Reptile specializes in captive bred Ball Pythons but we offer a number of other types of Pythons throughout the year that we obtain from breeding partners or through trades and our inventory is always changing so stay tuned and if there is anything you are looking for that we don't have please let us know and we will see if we can locate it for you. For more about the Pythons of the World see below:

Pythons are made up of about 40 different species of snakes, all but one of which are found in the Old World tropics and subtropics. Most are large heavy bodied snakes, with the reticulated python (Python reticulatus) of Asia attaining a maximum recorded length of 31.5 feet.

Eight species of genus Python live in sub-Saharan Africa and from India to Southern China into Southeast Asia, including the Philippines and the Moluccan islands of Indonesia. Other related genera inhabit New Guinea and Australia. Some Australian pythons (genus Liasis) never grow much longer than 3 feet, but some pythons of Africa (P. sebae), India (P. molurus), New Guinea (L. papuanus), and Australia (L. amethistinus) regularly exceed 10 feet.

Most pythons are terrestrial to semiarboreal, and a few, such as the Green Tree Python (Morelia viridis) of Australia and New Guinea, are strongly arboreal. Terrestrial pythons are regularly found near water and are proficient swimmers, but they hunt and eat almost exclusively on land. Larger pythons prey mainly on mammals and birds; smaller species also eat amphibians and reptiles. Pythons have good senses of smell and sight, and most can also detect heat. Pits lying between the lip scales have receptors that are sensitive to infared radiation enabling pythons to “see” the heat shadow of mammals and birds even during the darkest night. Prey is captured by striking and biting, usually followed by constriction.

The biggest differentiation between pythons and their larger counterpart Boas is that pythons are egg layers (oviparous) rather than live-bearers (viviparous). Females of most, if not all, species coil around the eggs, and some actually brood them. Brooders select thermally stable nesting sites, then lay their eggs and coil around them so that the eggs are in contact only with the female’s body. When the air temperature begins to drop, she generates heat by shivering in a series of minuscule muscle contractions and thus maintains an elevated and fairly constant incubation temperature.

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