02 Oct 2015 Southern African Python, by Craig Sanders
Every now and then we get lucky and come across one of the more elusive creatures of the African bush. The Southern African Python is one of those creatures. We were fortunate enough to spot one on a Camp Jabulani game drive as it was warming itself on a sandy patch next to the road.
The python is by far the largest snake species in southern Africa, measuring as much as 5 metres and weighing up to 60kg, and is an impressive sightings in terms of Kapama Game Reserve wildlife. This strong muscular snake has a very distinct identifier: a triangular-shaped head.
Pythons are constrictors and are therefore less of a threat to humans than many other snakes, but a bite from a large adult python may still require medical treatment. They are known to hunt a variety of birds and mammals, including duiker, impala and vervet monkey. Pythons have also been found to have fed on African wild dog and cheetah, but this is rare.
These wonderful reptiles can be found in most bushveld, savannah and forest regions of South Africa in a wide variety of micro habitats including trees, rocky areas and water.