Python skin is used to make clothing, such as vests, belts, boots and shoes, or fashion accessories such as handbags. It may also be stretched and formed as the sound board of some string musical instruments, such as the erhu spike-fiddle, sanxian and the sanshin lutes. With a high demand of snake skin in the current fashion industry, countries in Africa and Southern Asia partake in the legal and illegal selling of python skin. Providing an extremely low pay for the hunters with an extremely high selling product for the consumers, there is an enormous gap between the beginning and end of the snake skin trade.

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Like their relatives, the boas, pythons are large snakes that kill prey by constriction. Python live in tropical Africa and Asia, but most kinds are found in Australasia. They do not live in the Americas.

Pythons Fast Facts


Reptiles (Reptilia)


Lizards and snakes (Squamata)


Pythons (Pythonidae)

Number of species


Key features

Medium to large constricting snakes, nonvenomous, lay eggs


Tropical forests and grasslands


Africa, Asia, and Australasia


Backboned animals, up to the size of deer

Together, boas and python include the only snakes that kill very large, warm-blooded prey. They both have heat sensors for tracking down the body warmth given off by mammals and birds.

Unlike boas, but like most other kinds of reptiles, pythons lay eggs. The female guards her clutch of eggs and even keeps them warm by “shivering” her body.

Other Pythons

Woma Python


Other Pythons

Spotted Python


Many Python species, such as P. regius, P. brongersmai, P. bivittatus and M. reticulatus, are popular to keep as pets due to their ease of care, docile temperament, and vibrant colors, with some rare mutations having been sold for several thousands of dollars. Pythons in the pet trade are sourced from the wild, or from captive females that were taken from the wild ('captive-born'), or from parents that themselves were born in a captive setting ('captive-bred') Despite controversy that has arisen from media reports, with proper safety procedures pet pythons are relatively safe to own.[