African rock python

African rock python

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Caption: African rock python (Python sebae) eating a young impala (Aepyceros melampus). This snake can grow to a length of nine metres and weigh over 100 kilograms. It has heat-sensing pits in its mouth for detecting warm-blooded prey, such as this impala, which it kills by constriction. Prey is ingested head first. After feeding, the python may not need to eat again for many weeks. P. sebae lives in savannah and forest habitats, often by rivers and lakes. Photographed in Kruger National Park, South Africa.

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Keywords: aepyceros melampus, african rock python, animal, carnivore, carnivorous, devouring, eating, impala, kruger national park, nature, predatory, prey, python sebae, reptile, reptilia, shingwedzi, snake, south africa, wildlife, zoology

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