Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species is restricted to southern Angola and Namibia. It is distributed along 1,250 km of the Great Escarpment with most of its range falling within central Namibia. It is recorded from Etosha National Park, Namib-Naukluft Park, Von Bach Recreation Resort and the Daan Viljoen Game Park (Griffin 2003). Its distribution appears to be limited between 750-1,600 m above sea level (M. Auliya pers. comm.).
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Continent: Africa
Distribution: S Angola, N Namibia  
Type locality: Catumbela, near Lobito, Angola.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This species inhabits rocky outcrops on mountain terrain or brushy plains.

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
LC
Least Concern

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2010

Assessor/s
Auliya, M.

Reviewer/s
Böhm, M., Collen, B. & Ram, M. (Sampled Red List Index Coordinating Team)

Contributor/s
De Silva, R., Milligan, H.T., Wearn, O.R., Wren, S., Zamin, T., Sears, J., Wilson, P., Lewis, S., Lintott, P. & Powney, G.

Justification
Python anchietae has been assessed as Least Concern. This species has a wide distribution in unpopulated areas. While this species is considered rare and is sought for the pet trade, this threat is believed to be under control. Its remote range and presence in protected areas means this species is stable and unlikely to be globally threatened. Further research into harvest levels, particularly into the extent of illegal collecting, is recommended.
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Population

Population
This species has been described as one of the rarest snake species in Africa (Patterson 1987).

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
The remote habitat of this species is not affected by any threats, and the species itself is not used for meat or leather. However, this python is used in the international pet trade. It has a high value on the market because of its rareness, although the illegal trade of this species is thought to be in check (Cimatti 2001).
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
Parts of this species' distribution range coincide with protected areas. Further research into the harvest levels of this species is suggested.
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Wikipedia

Python anchietae


Common names: Angolan python, Anchieta's dwarf python.[2]

Python anchietae is a nonvenomous python species endemic to southern Africa. No subspecies are currently recognized.[3] They may grow up to 183 cm (6 ft). The color pattern is a reddish-brown to brown to almost black ground, overlaid with irregular white or cream colored bands and spots. The belly is yellowish. A rare species seldom seen in the wild or in captivity, it is the only python to have "bead-like" head scales.[2] It has heat sensitive pits, five on each side of the head, on the upper lip. The smooth dorsal scales are arranged in 57-61 rows.[4]

Approximate distribution
Hatching twins

Found in Africa in southern Angola and northern Namibia. The type locality given is "Catumbella [Catumbela]" near Lobito, Angola.[1]

Habitats are rocky outcrops or areas strewn with rocks in open brush or grassland.[2] Diurnal, they shelter in small caves, overhangs and crevices. They exhibit similar temperament to their closest cousin, the ball python. They hiss, but this is mostly bluff.[2] Diet consists of small mammals and birds.[2]

They are oviparous, with small clutches of four to five eggs being produced at a time. It is not known whether the females "incubate" their eggs as is typical for the members of this family. Hatchlings are 43–46 cm (17-18 inches) in length.[2]

Angolan Pythons are rare in captivity due to the long civil war in Angola. Although the war is over, the fields and forests are covered with land mines, and few dare to risk catching these pythons.

According to Broadley (1990), this species is most closely related to the royal python, P. regius, of western Africa.[2]

It is named after the Portuguese naturalist and explorer José Alberto de Oliveira Anchieta.

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References[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ a b McDiarmid RW, Campbell JA, Touré T. 1999. Snake Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, vol. 1. Herpetologists' League. 511 pp. ISBN 1-893777-00-6 (series). ISBN 1-893777-01-4 (volume).
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Mehrtens JM. 1987. Living Snakes of the World in Color. New York: Sterling Publishers. 480 pp. ISBN 0-8069-6460-X.
  3. ^ "Python anchietae". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 21 September 2007. 
  4. ^ Branch, Bill. 2004. Field Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa. Third Revised edition, Second Impression. Ralph Curtis Books. Sanibel Island, Florida. 399 pp. (Python anchietae, p. 59 & Plate 17.)
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