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Python Olive behavior

The large, though normally docile, Olive Python is a truly impressive snake. The rather plain coloration of these snakes may not be as elaborate as that of some intensely patterned pythons, but the simple beauty of the Olive Python is considered by many to rival that of multi-colored snakes.

Often active at night in the wild, Olive Pythons hunt small mammals, and have been known to take animals as large as wallabies. Reptiles, particularly monitors, are often taken. When they are not moving about, Olive Pythons hide in rock crevices, termite mounds, or hollow logs. In association with humans, Olive Pythons usually will only bite as a last resort, if they are being harassed or disturbed. In captivity, Olive Pythons are known as "gentle giants" because of their relatively non-aggressive temperaments. This is not to say that these snakes will not bite; often they become very aggressive during feeding and may mistakenly injure a handler. Olive Pythons often have voracious appetites, and unlike many snakes that can be picky eaters, most Olive Pythons usually do not have feeding problems.

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