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Sri Lanka python

Python molurus pimbura

Common Names: Ceylonese Python

Overview:

Quite similar in appearance but a little smaller than it's close relative the Burmese Python. It is distinct from the burm in a number of ways, one of which is it's beautiful pink cheeks, another is it's faded arrow on the head (like it's other relative, the Indian Python) and overall lighter colors. These pythons are also known to be a bit aggressive, but not always. The Ceylonese Python as adults can reach lengths up to 12 ft.

Distribution:

Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) an island in the Indian Ocean, separated from south-east India (Tamil Nadu state) by the Palk Strait. It is almost linked to the Indian mainland by Adams Bridge, an atoll barrier, mostly submerged, lying between the offshore island of Mannar and India itself.

Habitat:

These diurnal rainforest dwellers range from areas of lush vegetation lining the river banks up to the mountain forests. Equally at home on the ground and in trees, they are also excellent swimmers, and always enjoy a nice, long soak in warm water, especially just before they are ready to shed. Climate: Tropical. The lowlands are always hot, particularly from March to May. The highlands are cooler. During December and January there is occasional frost on very high ground, e.g. at Nuwara Eliya. The dry season is March to mid-May. The south-west monsoon season lasts from mid-May to September, the north-east monsoon season from November to March.

Temperatures:

Ambient air temperature around 82 f with a warm spot around 95 f. The humidity should be slightly high around 70%. They can take a drop in night time temps to around 80 f.

Feeding:

They eat small rodents and other mammals. Like all diurnal snakes, they spend the morning hours soaking up the sun's warmth to enable them to begin moving around to look for food. In the wild, snakes do not eat every day, and are not always successful in capturing every prey animal at whom they strike. (Captive snake owners generally do not understand this and so it is all too common to see obese snakes in captivity.) If they are lucky enough to eat, they spend the rest of the afternoon, and the next several days or weeks, keeping warm enough to digest their meal.

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