Nonpoisonous snake Python molurus
Phylum …. Chordata
Group …. Vertebrata
Subphylum … gnathostomata
Class …. Reptillia
Subclass …… lepidosauria
Order …….. squamata
Suborder ……. Ophoidia
Family ………. Boidae
Genus ……….. python
Species ……… molurus
Geographical distribution: Python molurus is distributed in Bangladesh and also Indo-china
- Python molurus is commonly called Bangladeshi python or ajogar.
- It is larger, massive and non-poisonous snake.
- It may reach the maximum length of 10 meter and is the biggest and thickest snake of Bangladesh.
- It weight to a maximum of 125 kg.
- The colour is brown above with rhomboid drak-grey edged spots on the body and ventral side is grayish with yellow-brown spots.
- The scales are in 60 to 75 smooth rows, the ventrals are distinctly smaller.
- Head is distinct from the neck and is covered with symmetrical shields or small scales.
- Presence of a lancet-shaped brown mark of the head.
- The eyes are without eyelids and the pupil is vertical.
- The tail is short and prehensile.
- Supra-labials are 11-13. The first two are full of pits and the sixth and seventh touching the eye.
- Infra-labials are 16-13. Anterior ones are long and narrow and posterior ones have pits.
- Parietal, loreal and temporal regions are covered with irregular scales.
- The rostral scale on the head bears a deep pit on either side, which is probably thermo receptive in function.
- Rudiments of appendages in the form of two claw spurs are present near the cloaca.
- Carnivorous, feeding on reptiles, birds and mammals.
- It is oviparous.