Seba Python

python sebae

Common name

Seba Python


They have a preference for humid or evergreen forests and open savannahs. They tend to frequent rocky outcrops that they use to hide, as well as mammal burrows in less rocky areas. They are also frequently found near rivers and lakes.








65-80 days

Number of offspring




They feed mainly on terrestrial vertebrates. Young individuals feed on small mammals, especially rats. Once they are adults, they will feed on larger prey, such as primates, crocodiles, large lizards, and antelopes.


20-30 years.

Biology and behavior

It is the largest snake in Africa, with an average size of 3 to 5 m in length and a maximum of 8 m. They have a triangular head covered in irregular scales, which are usually blackish-gray brown. The head also has two light-colored bands that form a spearhead shaped like the mouth.

Like many other snake species, they are quite solitary, seeking out members of their own species only during the breeding season. They stay mostly on the ground, but sometimes climb trees if necessary. They can swim well and stay submerged for a long time, avoiding potential threats.

Although primarily nocturnal as adults, Seba pythons can be active during the day to sunbathe and thermoregulate. Juveniles, however, are usually active at dawn and dusk, preferring to retreat to the safety of a rock formation or hollow tree during the day and night.

They have a reputation for being particularly aggressive. If they cannot escape when they feel threatened, they bite and twitch with great ferocity. They have large, recurved teeth and their bites are very painful.

The Seba python is now mainly limited to game reserves, national parks and isolated sections of the African savanna. Due to hunting for its meat and skin, there has been a large decline in this species in recent years.


Due to the sizes that this species can reach, its constriction power is enormous. After consuming a large prey, they can go several months without eating.

Pythons are revered and protected in some cultures, as they protect crops from rodent attack.

African savanna
Equatorial jungle
Madagascar Island