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Pythons are the most ancient type of snake, and have remnant spurs where once their ancestors might have had legs. Pythons are fairly docile animals, even in the wild, and as with so many endangered species, the major threat to their numbers is the loss of habitat to the expansion of human populations. Their preferred habitat is scrubland, but with the introduction of modern farming methods in India, these areas are being developed for agricultural use. Pythons are also hunted for their skin to make boots, as well as other popular fashion items. In Asia, people prize python meat for food and as a source of medicine.

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