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Boas and Pythons
 

Boas and Pythons

Part of the Boidae family of snakes, both boas and pythons are constrictors: They suffocate their prey rather than kill them with venom. Most of the 43 known species are medium to large in size, with females usually bigger than the males.

Find out more about these snakes, including where they live and just how long they've been slithering around our planet.

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Florida’s Biggest Python So Far

Florida’s Biggest Python So Far

Researchers captured a 17-foot-7-inch Burmese python. Weighing in at 164.5 pounds, the largest python ever caught in Florida also had a record clutch: 87 eggs. More...

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NPR
Animal Bytes: Python

Animal Bytes: Python

What's the difference between a boa constrictor and a python? Do both attack prey the same way? Get fun facts about these larger-than-life predators. More...

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San Diego Zoo
Black-Headed Python

Black-Headed Python

Take a closer look at this Australian native — also known as a tar-pot or black-headed rock snake — that eats other venomous snakes. More...

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National Aquarium
Herpetologist Shawn Heflick Q&A

Herpetologist Shawn Heflick Q&A

How many Burmese pythons are in the Everglades? Do they all freeze during the winter? Get the answers from Heflick. More...

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NATURE/PBS
Invasion of the Giant Pythons

Invasion of the Giant Pythons

How did pythons from Southeast Asia take over the Florida Everglades? Turns out to be a case of "Snakes on a Plane." Watch the video. More...

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NATURE/PBS
Virus that Twists Snakes into Knots Revealed

Virus that Twists Snakes into Knots Revealed

It's not just snake charmers that can make snakes twist around. Scientists have discovered the virus that makes pythons and other snakes tie themselves up into knots. More...

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National Geographic
New, Extra-Vicious Python Species on the Loose

New, Extra-Vicious Python Species on the Loose

African rock pythons may soon displace Burmese pythons as the scourge of South Florida. Find out why scientists are now worried about a "Frankensnake." More...

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Discover Magazine
Reticulated Python Hunting

Reticulated Python Hunting

Nature in action: Watch and listen to the alarm cries of a group of crested black macaques as a reticulated python comes very close. More...

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ARKive
Reticulated Python Photos

Reticulated Python Photos

Check out this gallery of 24 up-close images of reticulated pythons — coiled around tree limbs, swimming, slithering, and eating their prey. More...

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ARKive
Rough-Scaled Python

Rough-Scaled Python

At just over one pound and not quite six feet, it's smaller than other pythons. But don't let that fool you. This carnivorous snake has exceptionally long teeth. More...

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Perth Zoo
So You Want a Pet Python?

So You Want a Pet Python?

Looking to prep for a biology test, or just want to brush up on your snake facts? Try this multiple-choice quiz. More...

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Animal Planet

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