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"Python curtus brongersmai"

Python curtus brongersmai. (2009, December 24). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 07:05, January 5, 2010, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Python_curtus_brongersmai&oldid=333795903

Python curtus brongersmai, a subspecies python, is a non-venomous snake found on the Malay Peninsula.[2]

Adults generally grow to 137-182 cm (4.5-6 feet) in length, with females usually a little longer than males, and usually weigh 5.4 - 9 kg (12-20 lb); much more than other snakes of similar length.

The color pattern consists of rich, bright red to orange to a duller rusty red ground color, although populations with yellow and brown are known. This is overlaid with yellow and tan blotches and stripes that run the length of the body, as well as tan and black spots that extend up the flanks. The belly is white, often with small black markings. The head is usually a shade of grey; individual snakes can change how light and dark the head is. A white postocular stripe runs down and back from the posterior edge of the eye.

Common names for Python curtus brongersmai include the regional Malayan short python and the red blood python for its colour variation. Orange-red colour morphs are only are only found among this population.[3]

The type locality given is "Singapore, Malay Peninsula."[1]

These are nocturnal snakes, spending most of the day hiding under leaves, logs, and shallow water in the marshy forests they inhabit. They do not actively hunt; rather, they lie in wait for rodents and other small mammals to wander by.

Oviparous, with up to 30 eggs being laid at a time. The female coil around her eggs and shivers her body, producing heat to incubate the eggs properly.

Once widely considered to be generally unpredictable and aggressive, these snakes are gradually becoming more common among herpetoculturists. Formerly, many of the specimens in captivity were wild-caught adults from Malaysia. These are known to be more aggressive than those from Indonesia (Sumatra), from which most of the wild-caught, wild-bred, and captive-bred stock are now descended. Captive-raised juveniles generally become mild-tempered, somewhat-predictable adults. This, combined with several new brightly-colored captive bloodlines, is helping to boost the popularity of these much-maligned snakes among reptile hobbyists.[citation needed]

The snake is part of a commercial harvest for leather.[3]

The subspecies was first described by Olive Griffith Stull in 1938.[4] The group has since been elevated and recognised as a full species by Pauwels et al. (2000).[3][5]

Python curtus brongersmai. (2009, December 24). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 07:05, January 5, 2010, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Python_curtus_brongersmai&oldid=333795903

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