Species Details

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Indian Rock Python Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Python molurus
Family : Pythonidae
Order : Squamata
Class : Reptilia
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Woodlands,Grasslands,Swamps,Marshes,Forests,Arid scrub jungles,Rainforests,Rocky foothills
Description : Indian rock pythons are among the largest snakes in the world, with adult males averaging between 10 to 16 feet (3 to 4.8 meters) in length and weighing up to 150 pounds (68 kg), while females are slightly smaller, usually measuring between 8 to 13 feet (2.4 to 4 meters) in length.

They have a broad, muscular body covered in glossy scales that can vary in color from yellowish, greenish, or brownish to almost black. They have distinctive irregular patches or bands that are usually tan or brown in color, and a white or cream-colored belly.

Indian rock pythons are generally solitary and nocturnal creatures, and are known to be excellent swimmers and climbers. They are ambush predators, waiting patiently for prey to come within striking distance before attacking.

Their diet mainly consists of small mammals, birds, and reptiles, although larger specimens have been known to take on larger prey such as deer and wild boars.

They can be found in a wide range of habitats, including grasslands, forests, rocky hillsides, and near water sources such as rivers, lakes, and swamps.

The Indian rock python is listed as a species of "Least Concern" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), although it is threatened by habitat loss and hunting for its skin and meat.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by: Razia Sultana Setu,Department of Zoology,University of Dhaka ; information source:Wikipedia, IUCN Red List Bangladesh Volume-4 2015; photo credit:Surya Narayanan (www.inaturalist.org/people/Surya Narayanan), photo copyright: iNaturalist. more information please contact with us.