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Higher TaxaPythonidae, Henophidia, Pythonoidea, Serpentes (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: African Rock Python
G: Felsenpython 
SynonymColuber Sebae GMELIN in LINNAEUS 1789
Coluber Speciosus BONNATERRE 1789: 17
Boa Hieroglyphica SCHNEIDER 1801: 266
Python Houttuyni DAUDIN 1803: 254
Python natalensis SMITH 1840
Python Sebae — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1844: 400
Python Liberiensis HALLOWELL 1845: 249
Python sebae — SCLATER 1862: 310
Python sebae — BOULENGER 1893: 86
Python sebae — SCHMIDT 1923: 53
Python jubalis PITMAN 1936 (nomen nudum fide KLUGE 1993)
Python sebae sebae — BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991: 22
Python sebae — KLUGE 1993
Python sebae — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 180
Helionomus sebae — HOSER 2004
Python sebae — JACKSON et al. 2007 
DistributionSenegal, Gambia, Mauritania, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Mali, Niger, Chad, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire), Congo (Brazzaville), Gabon (BLANC & FRETEY 2000), Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Angola, Somalia, Zimbabwe

May have been introduced to Florida, USA.

Type locality: see comment. Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
 
TypesHolotype: Uppsala University 
CommentSynonymy after KLUGE 1993. Python sebae natalensis has been elevated to full species status by BROADLEY 1999. This is the largest African snake (total length up to 7.6 m).

Terra typica: “Guiara, Brazil” (in error)

Distribution: map in Broadley 1984. 
EtymologyEtymology: Named after the naturalist Albertus Seba (1665-1736) who illustrated the species first in his pre-Linnean “Thesaurus”. 
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