DRC python

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DRC python

Postby Southernprints » Tue Apr 29, 2014 9:37 pm

My husband works in the DRC on a gold mine and this critter was fished out of one of the ponds this morning. They put it on the back of the pick up to let it go in the bush. I thought it was kind of great that everyone let it go unharmed. Gorgeous markings. My husband says it was about 2.2m. I have been trying to google species found in the DRC but can't pinpoint what species. Any help?!
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Re: DRC python

Postby Westley Price » Tue Apr 29, 2014 10:30 pm

This is a tricky one because both P. natalensis and P/ sebae occur in the DRC. I also spent some time there and only found natalensis.

Having said that, this snake looks more like P. sebae. I say that because of the dark, broad patch in front of its eye, which natalensis lacks.

Very cool of them to let it go healthy. All the ones I found were killed and eaten :(
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Re: DRC python

Postby Bushviper » Wed Apr 30, 2014 11:57 am

Okay for those who dont know scientific names what Westley means is that it is a Rock python. Quite possibly the Northern Rock python and not the Natal Rock python. Glad to see it went back to the bush. Well done.
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Re: DRC python

Postby Southernprints » Wed Apr 30, 2014 3:51 pm

Thanks guys, it helps having a genus and species to go with on the internet and even easier having a common name :) but very much appreciated!
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Re: DRC python

Postby Poepstring » Thu May 01, 2014 4:28 am

Hi Southernprints,

where in DRC? was it perhaps Banro Mine close to Bukavo?
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Re: DRC python

Postby Southernprints » Tue May 06, 2014 3:27 pm

Indeed it was.
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