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

Class Reptilia Order Squamata Suborder Serpentes Family Pythonidae

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


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


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

Conservation status

Endangered: 1 species; Vulnerable: 31 species

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