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Will the Burmese pythons and the African pythons compete in places where they overlap (e.g., African pythons against Burmese pythons)? Or do they have different lifestyles? Could they potentially hybridize?

The northern African python and Burmese python are very closely related to each other (two twigs on the same evolutionary branch). As far as we know, they have the same general lifestyle but perhaps slightly different habitat preferences and may have different behaviors that help them regulate their body temperature as well. We do not have enough information to determine how they would interact as species since they have not previously been found together. There is a possibility that they would hybridize, but the ecological consequences of that possibility would not be predictable with the information presently available.  It is unlikely that hybridization would produce a snake larger or more dangerous than either parental species.

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