Pygmy python – This western Australian species is the smallest member of the python family, weighing only 200 grams (seven ounces) and measuring about 60 centimetres (two feet).
Indian python – As an all-terrain snake the Indian python, also known as the ‘Ajgar’, can be found in water, high up in trees or lying on the ground, so watch where you swim, climb and step!
Reticulated python – The world’s longest snake can reach a terrifying eight metres (26 feet), and weigh 130 kilograms (290 pounds). Females are typically larger than males.
Burmese python – Currently wreaking havoc in Florida, these highly invasive snakes can lay clutches of up to 50 eggs and will camouflage their hiding place to ensure that they survive.
Carpet python – Sadly considered a ‘trophy’ species, this is a popular exotic pet, despite being willing to bite and needing an environment with up to 60 percent humidity.
Green tree python – These snakes can be born bright yellow, deep red or dark brown, and turn green when they are about a year old. They are more slender than most other pythons.
Black-headed python – Found almost exclusively on the ground, this species warns away predators by striking with its mouth closed. This is usually enough to make the threat disappear.