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Palaeopython
Geiseltaliellus vs Palaeopython
General Information
Universe Real Life
Classification Palaeopython cadurcensis
Palaeopython ceciliensis
Palaeopython fischeri
Homeworld Earth
Intelligence Non-sapient
Biochemistry Carbon-based lifeform
Discovered 1880
Discoverer Alphonse Trémeau de Rochebrune
Biological Information
Reproduction Sexual; lays eggs
Average Length 2 meters
Locomotion Slithering
Feeding Behavior Carnivorous
Prey Juvenile: Geiseltaliellus
Adult: Messel Horses (presumed)
Lineage Information
Cultural Information
Alignment True Neutral
Sociocultral characteristics
Scientific Taxonomy
Planet Earth
Domain Eukaryota
Kingdom Animalia
Subkingdom Deuterostomia
Infrakingdom Bilateria
Phylum Chordata
Subphylum Vertebrata
Class Reptilia
Order Squamata
Suborder Serpentes
Family Boidae
Genus Palaeopython (Rochebrune, 1880)
Species cadurcensis
ceciliensis
fischeri
Other Information
Status Extinct
First Sighting 1880
Possible Population 0

Palaeopython were a genus of boids that lived during the Eocene around 48 million years ago, formerly indigenous to what is now western Europe - specifically within what is now Messel, Germany.

Palaeopythons were a species of arboreal snakes that reached lengths of over 2 meters. While arboreal they occasionally would have spent time on the ground or in shallow waters close to riverbanks in the area. Juveniles fed upon an iguanian ancestor, Geiseltaliellus maarius, which they would consume headfirst perhaps because of the lizard's head crests. Since boids food preferences change as they age, adults were not likely to feed on these lizards; they may instead have fed upon Messel horses that were known to dominate the area.

As they lived near to the Messel Pit, a volcanic lake with toxic, deep waters, it is believed they would occasionally get killed by asphyxiating clouds of carbon dioxide belched out of the lake, leading to their eventual fossilization. However it is unclear if the lake would suffocate or poison these creatures; this fate was also more common to occur amongst the local aquatic and aerial organisms in the area, making Palaeopython finds less than common.

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