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The Indian Python (Python Molurus) is primarily a tree-dwelling snake that was once common throughout the jungles of India, Sri Lanka, and the East Indies. One of the world's largest snakes, it can grow over 20 feet long (6 m). Like boas and anacondas, this snake is a constrictor. Its skin pattern comprises black-edged brown patches on a pale orange-brown to yellow-brown background. On the head is a distinctive lighter, forward pointing 'V'. Pythons kill by squeezing and suffocating their prey. Their preferred diet is mammals, but they will eat birds and even fish, since they often live near water and are good swimmers. Pythons can live for 20 years and lead a solitary life until they need to seek a mate.