|Copyright: Lucas Aguilar (laguilar)
|Date Taken: 2010-03-14|
|Camera: Sany Xacti HD1010|
|Exposure: f/1.9, 1/100 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2011-01-12 1:18|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Spanish]|
The India python or, if we call it by its scientific name, Python molurus is a snake of the boa family of snakes or constrictors, nocturnal.
This reptile can reach a length, from head to tail, 6 feet and weighing about 95 kg, but usually grows to no more than 5 meters long and the smaller specimens have a length of 3 meters. The python of India has a triangular head typical of small size compared to the length of its body.
To hunt, pythons have a system to capture the heat of their prey (warm-blooded animals) on the jaw.
The python of India lives in Southeast Asia (but not in the Philippines) occupying forests and meadows and other moist environments, near the rivers, marshes or rice fields.
In this reptile likes swimming and water develops in perfection. Out of water, prefer to go to ground, but also is able to climb trees and similar vegetation.
Morulus Python has a life expectancy in captivity of 10 years, although there have been cases that have reached 30 years.
The python of India, and in general any python, feeds on live prey, because they are constricting snakes that, having no poison, they must kill their prey by constriction (choke).
The dam is selected depending on the animal's age, so we will increasingly larger prey as the python grow in size.
In the wild the young pythons eat all kinds of rodents, small lizards and baby birds. Adult pythons prey on large lizards, crocodiles, small ruminants (fawns), small pigs and monkeys. Although the most frequently consumed are rodents, especially rats.
Therefore, we will give our pythons mice, rats, gerbils, hamsters, rabbits, chickens and pigeons, depending on the particular size of animal (rabbits, rats and pythons adult chickens and mice or hamsters to snakes, small). Also keep in mind the needs of animal nutrients, so it is not advisable to a poor diet based on the same prey each time. To vary with the type of prey regularly enough.
When the snake is young have greater need for food. Once a week we will give food to the young morulus Python, as is getting bigger takes longer to feed. Once a month, in adult specimens.
We will give a 4 dams every time the type best suited to the animal depending on its size.
Besides the type of prey that can give the python and the frequency with which it is best to feed it, it's good to know, in the case of keeping more than a python in India, which is better to keep them isolated while demos eating. This will prevent the odd problem. Because, although Python is a kind morulus relatively quiet, it can produce disputes over food.
Hatchlings begin to eat only after their first molt. When time comes we will give mice.
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