Python Sighting

Python Sighting

Postby Manson » Mon Feb 02, 2015 12:55 pm

Spotted this big guy crossing the road last weekend.
In Nairobi
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Re: Python Sighting

Postby Westley Price » Mon Feb 02, 2015 1:56 pm

Nice observation man, and looks like a nice size.

Although the picture is taken from a bit far, I recon that is P. sebae, not P. natalensis.

Also found this nice map on the interwebs:

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Natural_Range_of_Python_sebae_and_natalensis.svg
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Re: Python Sighting

Postby Ruan Stander » Mon Feb 02, 2015 7:03 pm

What are visual markers of the two species Westley ?
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Re: Python Sighting

Postby Westley Price » Mon Feb 02, 2015 7:50 pm

Predator, from the head it's very easy to see which is which. P. natalensis has a narrow dark line in front each eye, whereas P. sebae has got a dark, broad "patch" more than a line. This gives the head an overall darker appearance.

I posted a picture of this somewhere on the forum but cant recall where.

There are also subtle differences in colour (sebae more yellowish) and pattern, but the head is a dead giveaway.
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Re: Python Sighting

Postby Westley Price » Mon Feb 02, 2015 7:53 pm

Found it:

Westley Price wrote:P. natalensis- Dark line in fromt of eye clearly visible (in above pics and supplied pic):

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P. sebae- Dark "blotch" visible in front of eye:

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Re: Python Sighting

Postby Ruan Stander » Tue Feb 03, 2015 5:14 pm

Ah yes I see, thanks a lot Westley :)
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