At the Detroit Zoo
The southern African rock python can be found residing at Meerkat Digs, currently home to the fennec foxes.
Africa's largest snake, the southern African rock python has a long, stout body, patterned with blotches that vary in color between brown, olive, chestnut and yellow, often joining up in a broad, irregular stripe. The triangular head has many sharp, backwardly curved teeth and is marked on top with a dark brown "spear head" outlined in yellow. Under the eye is a distinctive triangular marking.
Scientific name: Python natalensis
Habitat: Grassland, forest, semi-desert, rocky areas and the edges of swamps, lakes and rivers. It also readily adapts to disturbed habitats and so is often found around human habitation.
Size: 8 to 15 feet
Weight: 97 to 121 pounds
Diet: Large rodents, monkeys, antelopes, fruit bats, monitor lizards and even crocodiles in forest areas, as well as rats, poultry, dogs and goats in suburban areas
Reproduction: Clutch of 20 to 100 eggs, that hatch around 90 days later
Lifespan: 30 to 50 years
Conservation Status: Not assessed