What are the similarities between the Burmese Python and the Rock Python?
The Burmese Python (Python bivittatus) and the Rock Python (Python sebae) are both non-venomous constrictor snakes (they squeeze their prey to death).
The Burmese Python and the Rock Python are both oviparous (egg-laying) reptiles.
The Burmese Python and the Rock Python are both dark-coloured with brown markings on their back.
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The Burmese Python (Python bivittatus) is a non-venomous constrictor snake and a reptile.
The Burmese Python is a dark-coloured snake with many brown markings on its back. It has a clearly defined large head with dark eyes. It can also be albino (no pigmentation) or leucistic (partial pigmentation), and can look caramel, whitish, or yellowish. Albino pythons have pink eyes, but leucistic pythons have brown eyes.
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What are the similarities between the Jungle Carpet Python and the Northwestern Carpet Python?
The Jungle Carpet Python (Morelia spilota cheynei) and the Northwestern Carpet Python (Moelia spilota variegata) are both non-venomous constrictor snakes (they squeeze their prey to death).
The Jungle Carpet Python and the Northwestern Carpet Python are both oviparous (egg-laying) reptiles.
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The Jungle Carpet Python (Morelia spilota cheynei) is a non-venomous constrictor snake, and a reptile.
The Jungle Carpet Python has bright or pale yellow and black markings in regular stripes or arrow-head shapes. Its underbelly is yellowish.
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The Northwestern Carpet Python (Moelia spilota variegata) is a non-venomous constrictor snake, and a reptile. It is also known as the Darwin Python.
The Northwestern Carpet Python is creamy-beige or brown with blackish or grey blotches, cross-bands or stripes, or a combination of patterns. It has yellow flower-type or irregular patterns in each band of markings. Its main colour and markings can be varied, in yellow, gold, rust, or grey.
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The Russian Rat Snake (Elaphe schrenckii) is a non-venomous colubrid reptile. It is also known as the Amur Rat Snake, the Manchurian Black Racer, the Manchurian Black Water Snake, and the Schrenck’s Rat Snake.
The Russian Rat Snake is glossy black with a cream and black striped underbelly. It has large black eyes.
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The West African Gaboon Viper (Bitis gabonica rhinoceros) is a venomous snake and a reptile. It is also called the Butterfly Adder, the Forest Puff Adder, and the Swampjack.
The West African Gaboon Viper has a large triangular-shaped cream-coloured head, with a dark blue-black triangle behind and below its eyes. It is pale-brown, with dark, yellow-edged patterns along its body. Its belly is pale. It has a pair of horn-like structures between its nostrils. Its eyes are large, moveable, and yellow-white.
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The Long-Nosed Whip Snake (Ahaetulla nasuta) is a mildly venomous arboreal snake, often called the Green Vine Snake, but it is not the same as the South American Green Vine Snake (Oxybelis fulgidus). Ahaetulla means eye plucker, because it strikes the eyes of its prey.
The Long-Nosed Whip Snake is slender and bright green with a pointed snout (nose). It has black and white scale markings, which are mostly hidden, and only shown when it expands its body to deter predators. Its colour is an excellent camouflage in trees.
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The Ashe’s Spitting Cobra (Naja ashei) is a venomous elapid African snake and a reptile. It is also called the Giant Spitting Cobra.
The Ashe’s Spitting Cobra is brown, olive, black, grey, or reddish-brown with orange or pink bars on its neck. Its belly is paler. It has a big, broad head. It has smooth scales.
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The Chinese Softshell Turtle (Pelodiscus sinensis) is a freshwater chelonian and a reptile. It is called softshell because its shell does not have scales – instead, its shell is leathery and flexible, which enables it to move more easily at the bottom of muddy lakes.
The Chinese Softshell Turtle has an olive-green upper shell, called a carapace. Its lower shell, called a plastron, is orange-red. Its legs and head are olive-green. It has dark flecks on its head and dark lines from its eyes. Its throat is mottled. It has a long snout (nose) and a short tail. It has flipper feet to enable it to swim in water.
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The Transcaucasian Sand Viper (Vipera transcaucasiana) is a venomous snake and a reptile.
The Transcaucasian Sand Viper is light-grey to silvery-grey with a black narrow-banded pattern. It has a nasal horn.
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The Colchis Pond Terrapin (Emys orbicularis colchica) is a semi-aquatic freshwater chelonian, and a reptile.
The Colchis Pond Terrapin has a light-brown and dark-brown top shell, called a carapace, with a distinctive pattern and a slight dome. Its bottom shell, called a plastron, is beige to light-brown. It has an oval-shaped head with large dark eyes. Its feet have claws with webbing in between to enable it to walk on land and swim in water.
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The Fiji Banded Iguana (Brachylophus fasciatus) is an endangered arboreal lizard and a reptile. Iguanas are called iguanids. It is also called the Lau Banded Iguana.
The male Fiji Banded Iguana has two or three white or pale-blue bands across their emerald green body, with spots and stripes. The female is a solid colour of lighter green, with only occasional spots. Both the male and female have a yellow underbelly. It has short crests, or spikes, along their back. It has a dewlap (fold of skin) underneath its chin. It has five long toes on each foot, with sharp claws. It has yellow nostrils.
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The Mangrove Snake (Boiga dendrophila) is also known as the Gold-Ringed Cat Snake. It is a mildly-venomous colubrid reptile.
The Mangrove Snake is rear-fanged. It is black on its upperparts with yellow sideways bands along its body. Its underbelly is black or blue-black with speckles of yellow. It has a yellow throat.
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The Black Spotted Turtle (Geoclemys hamiltonii) is a freshwater chelonian, and a reptile. It is also called the Black Pond Turtle or the Indian Spotted Turtle.
The Black Spotted Turtle is mainly black with small yellowish spots and streaks. Its upper shell, called a carapace, is domed. Its lower shell, called a plastron, is dark-coloured with creamy-yellow spots. It has a large head, with a short nose. It has webbed feet with claws. It has a very short tail.
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The Gidgee Spiny-Tailed Skink (Egernia stokesii) is a lizard and a reptile. It is a squamate.
The Gidgee Spiny-Tailed Skink has a thick, flattened body with small eyes. It has 26-36 rows of scales. Its tail is spiny.
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What is the difference between a Burmese Python and an albino Burmese Python?
A Burmese Python (Python bivittatus) has dark-brown and light-brown patterned scales and brown or hazel eyes.
An albino Burmese Python (Python bivittatus) is a yellow-white variegated python with pink eyes.
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The Macklot’s Python (Liasis mackloti) is a snake, and a reptile.
The Macklot’s Python can be black-brown to greenish with yellowish sides and a white belly. The belly is usually patterned with small yellow or black spots.
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The Corn Snake (Pantherophis guttatus) is a non-venomous colubrid reptile.
The Corn Snake can be varied colours, but the most widely known colour is orange with black lines, red-coloured saddle markings, and black and white bellies.
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The Emerald Tree Boa (Corallus caninus) is a non-venomous snake.
The Emerald Tree Boa is bright green with white zig-zag markings on its back and belly, called lightning bolts. Its belly is yellow. It has long frontal fangs.
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