The African Rock python care sheet that covers the majority of what you need to know to properly care for your African Rock Python. If you require additional information beyond what we have here, or if you have an emergency, there are advanced resources, as well as expert support information at the bottom of this page.
African Rock Python General Facts
Where does African Rock Pythons live in the wild?
African Rock Pythons lives in Sub-Saharan Africa and is one of seven species of pythons in the genus python. This python has two subspecies which are found in Central and Western Africa, and the rest in Southern Africa. Considered one of Africa’s largest snakes they can grow to a length of over 20 feet, however, the Southern-Subspecies is a bit smaller than the ones that can be found in the Northern.
African Rock Pythons has an arrangement of colored blotches on their body. They also have this large triangular head with pit glands as sensors to detect heat of warm blooded preys. They are non-venomous but are constrictors which means they will bite, wrap, and then squeeze their prey until it’s dead. This type of species on pythons are highly aggressive out in the wild, and the same while on captivity. It’s a normal thing for them to be aggressive due to the presence of other predators out in the wild in the likes of leopards, hyenas, wild dogs, and etc.
What kind of Climate does African Rock Pythons live in?
This African Rock Python can be found on a wide variety of habitats around its native land. They can live in forests and to areas that are near to a desert like environment or landscape. Typically, they’ll also stick close on areas that has good and wide range of water resource. They also prefer evergreen or moist forests as well as on open savannahs. African Rock Pythons can also be seen on rocky terrains, this is for security and safety reasons. There are even instances that these pythons use other mammal burrows on a less rocky environment to hide. They are so much associated with large bodies of water, so lakes and rivers are a good place to see or find them. They are very elusive and are included on protected species.
African Rock Python Diet
- What do I need to include on my baby African Rock Python diet?
- What do I feed an African Rock Python?
- Does my African Rock Python need water?
African Rock Python Handling and Behavior
African Rock Python Shedding and Bathing
- Does my African Rock Python needs a bath?
- Is an African Rock Python shedding its skin?
- What will I do if my African Rock Python is not shedding?
African Rock Python Cages and Substrate
- What kind of cage do I buy for my baby African Rock Python?
- What kind of cage do I buy my African Rock Python?
- What temperature does the cage need to be at?
- What should the humidity level be for my African Rock Python?
- What kind of substrate should I use for my African Rock Python?
African Rock Python Health Concerns:
- What are some common health problems for an African Rock Python?
- What are signs that my African Rock Python is sick?
- What are signs of a healthy African Rock Python?
- How do I prevent my African Rock Python from becoming sick?
African Rock Python Breeding and Baby Care
- When do African Rock Pythons breed?
- How many babies will an African Rock Python have?
- How long is the gestation period when breeding an African Rock Python?
- When does an African Rock Python reach sexual maturity?
African Rock Pythons Warnings
Are African Rock Pythons dangerous?
Although an African Rock Python like all constrictors lacks venom, they are still capable of causing many problems with their owners. They have an extremely painful and nasty bite. They have re-curved teeth that points inwards so prey cannot escape that easily, so if you are a victim of a bite DO NOT PULL YOUR BODY PART AWAY FROM ITS MOUTH. Either wait for the snake to let go or push your arm inward. Never handle this snake alone after it has reached 4-6 feet in length they have been known to kill humans and are extremely strong. They instinctively coil and squeeze after latching on and if you are by yourself you will not be able to over power a full grown rock python.
African Rock Python Pros and Cons
Is an African Rock Python the right pet for me?
Pros: They are exciting to watch while they are eating. The design patterns on their body is also nice to look at, they grow very large, and some can be tamed to have lower aggression. They live at a moderate age and requires only moderate attention.
Cons: They will cost money over the years, they bite, and can kill you, they need a large enclosure, they require habitat controls.
African Rock Pythons Legality
Are African Rock Pythons legal?
African Rock Pythons are not legal in any place, but are easy to get a hold of one on pet trades. So be sure you check your local animal centers and vets to see if they are legal or needs a permit to own one.
African Rock Pythons Lifespan
How old will an African Rock Python get?
In the wild they can live up to 30 years, but in captivity the average age is 15-25 years, some exceeding and at times lesser.
African Rock Pythons Size and Weight
How big will an African Rock Python get?
African Rock Pythons are the largest snake specie in the African continent and they could average around 14-18 feet in length and the larger species (mainly females) growing over 20 feet in length. They typically weigh 130-170 pounds but some have been known to spike over 200 pounds.
African Rock Python Books
Are there any good books on African Rock Pythons?
These are some top-rated books available for African Rock Pythons. If you are planning to invest in African Rock Pythons, we highly recommend grabbing at least one of these:
African Rock Python Additional Reading
Where can I find more information about African Rock Python?
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