Government of Nepal
Ministry of Forests and Environment
Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation

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Reptiles

Python molurus

Asiatic Rock Python (Python molurus) belongs to the Squamata Order and Boidae Family. The snake is native to Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Pakistan, Sri lanka, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Africa and Australia in the world. It is found near wetlands of terai protected areas. The lifespan of python is 15 to 19 years. Its body colour is whitish or yellowish with dark brown blotches of rectangular or square shaped. The rock python is 6 m to 8 m long. The weight is about 85 kg to 136 kg. The main characteristic of rock python is it favours wet and shaded areas for living. It lays about 60 to 100 eggs. The size of the egg is 3.5 ×2.5 cm and the hatching period is 8 to 10 weeks. It is listed as a vulnerable species in the IUCN Red List category and Appendix I of CITES. The legal status of this species in Nepal is Protected (Appendix I) under the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act 1973. It is protected because of its heavy habitat loss. It is traded in national and international markets due to its skin.

Reference

  • नेपालमा अधिक चोरी शिकार र अभैद व्यापार हुने वन्यजन्तु तथा वनस्पतिको जानकारी, २०७५ http://dnpwc.gov.np/media/publication/banyajantu_book.pdf.
  • साईटिस अनुसूचीमा सुचिकृत नेपालमा पाइने संकटापन्न वन्यजन्तु तथा वनस्पति, २०७५

            http://dnpwc.gov.np/media/publication/CITES_Book_DNPWC_2018.pdf

  • Yadav, B., & Rupakheti, N. (2019). Conservation and Management of Biodiversity in Protected Areas of Nepal.
  • IUCN 2020. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2020-2. https://www.iucnredlist.org. Accessed on 10 July, 2020.