Favorite Wildlife Friday, African species, endangered animals, Aaliyah
Favorite Wildlife Friday this week features a type of animal legendary R&B singer Aaliyah found “mysterious” and “fell in love” with while working with them on a video shoot.
Who am I?
- I am found across much of sub-Saharan Africa.
- I’m one of the largest species of my kind, with adults able to reach 20 feet.
- I am brown, with olive and tan blotches.
- I am non-venomous, but I can hunt prey that’s much larger than me by suffocating it using constriction.
- Adults can consume a range of animals, including: crocodiles, gazelles, apes, birds and even humans (although attacks are rare).
- I may rest for weeks after a large meal. During this time, I am most vulnerable to predators like crocodiles, badgers and humans.
- Females lay up to 100 eggs at one time in a tree hollow or burrow. She coils around them and guards them for 2-3 months, when they hatch and fend for themselves.
- While I am not endangered, my species is protected by CITES to restrict my importation around the world. This is because my skin is used by the leather industry to make shoes, belts and bags.
Have You Guessed Who I am?
I am the African rock python. Aaliyah starred with python species in her ‘We Need a Resolution’ music video.
Blog contributed by Nikela Volunteer Danielle Boobyer