Agriculture
Watching out for vultures
Middle school science adventures
Earth-Friendly Fabrics
Amphibians
Toads
Tree Frogs
Poison Dart Frogs
Animals
Life on the Down Low
Vent Worms Like It Hot
Professor Ant
Behavior
Two monkeys see a more colorful world
Eating Troubles
From dipping to fishing
Birds
Geese
Penguins
Swans
Chemistry and Materials
Sweeeet! The Skinny on Sugar Substitutes
Boosting Fuel Cells
Bandages that could bite back
Computers
Fingerprint Evidence
Hitting the redo button on evolution
A Classroom of the Mind
Dinosaurs and Fossils
Fossil Forests
Digging for Ancient DNA
Dinosaurs Grow Up
E Learning Jamaica
E Learning in Jamaica WIN PRIZES and try our Fun Animated Games
Results of GSAT are in schools this week
2014 GSAT Results for Jamaican Kids
Earth
Recipe for a Hurricane
Slip Slidin' Away—Under the Sea
Surf Watch
Environment
Eating Up Foul Sewage Smells
To Catch a Dragonfly
The Down Side of Keeping Clean
Finding the Past
Writing on eggshells
The Puzzle of Ancient Mariners
If Only Bones Could Speak
Fish
Dogfish
A Grim Future for Some Killer Whales
Marlin
Food and Nutrition
The mercury in that tuna
A Pepper Part that Burns Fat
Turning to Sweets, Fats to Calm the Brain
GSAT English Rules
Whoever vs. Whomever
Order of Adjectives
Capitalization Rules
GSAT Exam Preparation Jamaica
March 21-22, 2013: Over 43,000 students will take the GSAT Exam
Mastering The GSAT Exam
Ministry of Education Announces 82 GSAT Scholarships for 2010
GSAT Exams Jamaica Scholarships
Access denied - Disabled boy aces GSAT
42,000 students will sit for the GSAT Exam in two weeks
GSAT Exam Preparation
GSAT Mathematics
It's a Math World for Animals
GSAT Mathematics Quiz, Teaching Math, teaching anxiety
A Sweet Advance in Candy Packing
Human Body
Sleeping Soundly for a Longer Life
Taste Messenger
Nature's Medicines
Invertebrates
Scallops
Giant Clam
Oysters
Mammals
Shih Tzus
Tasmanian Devil
Spectacled Bear
Parents
Choosing a Preschool: What to Consider
How children learn
What Not to Say to Emerging Readers
Physics
IceCube Science
Project Music
Spin, Splat, and Scramble
Plants
Tracking the Sun Improves Plant Pollen
Underwater Jungles
Farms sprout in cities
Reptiles
Crocodiles
Cobras
Caimans
Space and Astronomy
Mercury's magnetic twisters
Older Stars, New Age for the Universe
Chaos Among the Planets
Technology and Engineering
Are Propellers Fin-ished?
Supersuits for Superheroes
A Micro-Dose of Your Own Medicine
The Parts of Speech
Pronouns
What is a Verb?
Countable and Uncountable Nouns
Transportation
Are Propellers Fin-ished?
Where rivers run uphill
Robots on a Rocky Road
Weather
Antarctica warms, which threatens penguins
The Best Defense Is a Good Snow Fence
Watering the Air
Add your Article

Pythons

Python is the common name for a group of non-venomous constricting snakes, specifically the family Pythonidae. Other sources consider this group a subfamily of the Boas (Pythoninae). Pythons are more related to boas than to any other snake-family. There is also a genus within Pythonidae which carries the name Python (Daudin, 1803). Pythons are distinguishable from boas in that they have teeth on the premaxilla, a small bone at the very front and center of the upper jaw. Most boas produce live young, while pythons produce eggs. Some species of sandboas (Ericinae) are also called python. A New World Record!: Pythons range in size from 4.5 to 6 meters (15 to 20 feet) in length. They are among the longest species of snake in the world; according to the Guinness Book of World Records the Reticulated Python holds the record for longest snake, at 10m (32ft 9.5in). Some species exhibit vestigial bones of the pelvis and rear legs, which are externally apparent in the form of a pair of anal spurs on each side of the cloaca. These spurs are larger in males than females, and are used by the male to stimulate the female during copulation. Pythons are distinguishable from boas in that they have teeth on the premaxilla, a small bone at the very front and center of the upper jaw. Some pythons display vivid patterns on their scales while others are a nondescript brown. They usually reflect appropriate camouflage for their native habitat. How about a hug?: Pythons are constrictors, and feed on birds and mammals, killing them by squeezing them to death. They coil themselves up around their prey, tighten, but merely squeeze hard enough to stop the prey's breathing and/or blood circulation. Large pythons will usually eat something about the size of a house cat, but larger food items are not unknown. They swallow their prey whole, and take several days or even weeks to fully digest it. Despite their intimidating size and muscular power, they are generally not dangerous to humans. While a large adult python could kill a human being (most likely by strangling rather than actual crushing), humans are outside the normal size range for prey. Reports of python attacks on humans are extremely rare. Despite this, pythons have been aggressively hunted, driving some species (like the Indian Python) to the brink of extinction. Heat Seeking Missiles: Most pythons have heat-sensing organs in their lips. These enable them to detect objects that are hotter than the surrounding environment. Pythons that do not have heat-sensing organs identify their prey by smell. Pythons are ambush predators: they typically stay in a camouflaged position and then suddenly strike at passing prey. They then grasp the prey in their teeth, and kill by constriction. Death is usually a result of suffocation or heart failure rather than crushing. Pythons will not usually attack humans unless startled or provoked, although females protecting their eggs can be aggressive. A Dozen Eggs, Please: Pythons lay eggs which they arrange in a pile. They coil around the pile until all eggs have hatched. Since pythons cannot regulate their internal body temperature, they cannot incubate their eggs per se; instead, they raise the temperature of their eggs by small movements of their body—essentially, they "shiver". This is one of only a few documented cases of parental behavior in snakes. Dr. Steve Gorzula has noted in his CITES Ball Python Survey report that Ball Pythons do not exhibit shivering behavior to increase the temperature of a clutch during incubation.

Pythons
Pythons








Designed and Powered by HBJamaica.com™