African Rock Python

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African Rock Python

African Rock PythonOriginal.jpg

Character Data
Japanese Name: アフリカニシキヘビ
Romanised Name: Afurikan ishikihebi
First Featured in: Kemono Friends (2015 Game)
Animal Data
Scientific Name: Python sebae
Distribution: Africa
Diet: Carnivore
Average Lifespan in the Wild: 27 years
Read More: African rock python
Conservation Status: Status iucn3.1 LC.svg.png
African Rock Python Festival KF3 Nexon Game

The African Rock Python is a type of Friend that appeared in the original Kemono Friends mobile game.

Appearance

Like most reptile or snake friends, African Rock Python wears a hood with a scale-like pattern. This hood has a pair of luminous yellow false-eyes on the outside. She has purple eyes, and blonde hair with violet highlights. African Rock Python wears an olive green hoodie with brown patterns resembling that of the snake she's based on, black leather gloves, and a pleated skirt. On her legs, she wears black pantyhose a hexagonal print and high-knee black boots with hot pink belts. Like a real rock python, she has a long, slender green tail and light green belly scales. As an extra, she holds a purple whip.

In Real Life

Python sebae (African Rock Python)

African rock pythons prefer evergreen forests or moist, open savannahs. These snakes often frequent rocky outcrops that can be utilized for hiding purposes, or they may use mammal burrows in less rocky areas. African rock pythons reportedly have a close association with water and often are found near rivers and lakes. Each of the tropical continents has one or two giant snakes and these are the African representatives. Originally the African Rock Python was one pan-tropical African species with two subspecies, but the difference between the two forms were considered sufficient for them to be recognized as distinct and seperate species. It is one of the largest snake and one of the six largest snake species in the world (along with the green anaconda, reticulated python, Burmese Python, Indian python, and Amethystine python), specimens may approach or exceed 6 m (20 ft) and weights of 90kg. Their incredible size means large prey can be tackled such as monkeys, warthogs, antelopes and even crocodiles.

Like all pythons, the African rock python is non-venomous and kills its prey by constriction. After gripping the prey, the snake coils around it, tightening its coils every time the victim breathes out. Death is thought to be caused by cardiac arrest rather than by asphyxiation or crushing. As in all snakes, African rock pythons have a well-developed vomeronasal organ system, supplied by the tongue. This allows perception of chemicals (odors) in the environment, such as prey odors and pheromones produced by other pythons. Pythons also possess heat-sensing pits in the labial scales that detect infrared (heat) patterns given off by endothermic predators and prey. The species has not yet been assessed for the IUCN Red List. The African Rock Python conservation status is not a matter of concern however they are no longer widespread like the past. The main reason for the species decline is mainly due to human hunting for their skin or meat. Today they are mainly restricted to secluded areas, hunting reserves and parks.

Trivia

  • The generic name, Python, is a Greek word referring to the enormous serpent at Delphi slain by Apollo in Greek mythology. The specific name, sebae, is a latinization of the surname of Dutch zoologist, Albertus Seba.

References

Reptile Friends
Crocodilia
American AlligatorGharialSaltwater CrocodileSpectacled Caiman
Snakes
African Rock PythonAmazon Tree BoaBlack MambaBoomslangCoastal TaipanEmerald Tree BoaEuropean RatsnakeKing CobraOkinawan HabuTsuchinoko
Turtles
Alligator Snapping TurtleGalápagos TortoiseGenbuIndian Star TortoiseLeopard TortoiseRed-Eared SliderRed-Footed Tortoise
Miscellaneous Reptiles
Frilled LizardKomodo DragonPanther ChameleonSatanic Leaf-Tailed Gecko