Meaning of PYTHON in English


Any of 28 species (family Pythonidae, sometimes a subfamily of Boidae) of sluggish, docile, nonvenomous snake s found in tropical and temperate regions.

Except for one Central American species ( Loxocemus bicolor ), pythons are found from western Africa to China, Australia, and the Pacific islands. Pythons feed on birds and mammals, killing them by constriction. Most are found near water; some are arboreal. Unlike boa s, pythons lay eggs (15–100, depending on body size). The Asian reticulated python ( Python reticulatus ) may be the world's longest snake (the anaconda is heavier); specimens over 30 ft (9 m) long have been recorded.

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