Resources

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Greene, Harry W. Snakes: The Evolution of Mystery in Nature. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997.

Minton, Sherman A., and Madge Rutherford Minton. Giant Reptiles. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1973.

Murphy, John C., and Robert W. Henderson. Tales of Giant Snakes: A Historical Natural History of Anacondas and Pythons. Malabar, FL: Krieger Publishing Company, 1997.

O'Shea, Mark. A Guide to the Snakes of Papua New Guinea. Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: Independent Publishing, 1996.

Pope, Clifford Millhouse. The Giant Snakes: The Natural History of the Boa Constrictor, the Anaconda, and the Largest Pythons, Including Comparative Facts About Other Snakes and Basic Information on Reptiles in General. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1961.

Stafford, Peter J., and Robert W. Henderson. Kaleidoscopic Tree Boas: The Genus Corallus of Tropical America. Malabar, FL: Krieger, 1996.

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Periodicals

Kluge, Arnold G. "Boine Snake Phylogeny and Research Cycles." Miscellaneous Publications, Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan, no. 178 (1991): 1-58.

-. "Calabaria and the Phylogeny of Erycine Snakes."

Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 107 (1993): 293-351.

McDowell, S. B. "A Catalogue of the Snakes of New Guinea and the Solomons, with Special Reference to Those in the Bernice P. Bishop Museum. Part III. Boinae and Acrochordoidea (Reptilia, Serpentes)." Journal of Herpetology 13, no. 1 (1979): 1-92.

David G. Barker, MS Tracy M. Barker, MS

Class Reptilia Order Squamata Suborder Serpentes Family Pythonidae

Thumbnail description

Small to giant, finely scaled, oviparous, constricting snakes possessing paired lungs, cloacal spurs, and supraorbital bone

Size

1.5-33 ft (0.5-10.1 m) in length, with a weight of 0.3-320 lb (0.14-145 kg)

Number of genera, species

8 genera; 32 species

Habitat

Rocky and sandy deserts, savanna, open woodlands, and forest

Conservation status

Endangered: 1 species; Vulnerable: 31 species

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