Squirrel expertly captured by an African Rock Python – Photo

A small battle of epic proportions – a tree squirrel expertly captured by an African Rock Python.

A tree squirrel expertly captured by an African Rock Python - Photo

Pythons are among the most primitive of snakes in evolutionary terms.

Like all pythons, the African rock python is non venomous and kills by constriction.

African rock pythons reach an average of 12 feet during adulthood. However, there has been reports of these snakes reaching 16 to 20 feet.

They can live up to 30 years in captivity. After reaching maturity between three and five years, female rock pythons give birth to between 20 and 50 offspring.

They usually weigh between 30 to 55 Kilograms, but exceptionally larger African rock pythons can weigh as much as 90 Kilograms.

Pythons have flexible jaws and skin that allows them to consume large prey. They have two functioning lungs (more advanced snakes have only one).

African rock pythons are the largest snakes in Africa & capable of killing prey up to the size of small antelope.

📸 Marlon du Toit

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