Scientific Name: Malayopython Reticulatus
Reticulated python is one of the longest snakes in the world and it is a species of snake in the family Pythonidae. The python out in the wild can reach up to 32 feet in length and weight of 350 pounds. It is called reticulated because of its black stripe that limits the dark brown hexagonal spots that widen on the sides of its body. Reticulated pythons are agile and quick and is able to climb trees to hunt prey such as primates. The reticulated python is besides being the longest snake in the world an absolutely unique and lethal creature.
Reticulated Python Size
Reticulated pythons range in size from 10 to 20 feet in length, with the largest one every being 32 feet long. Its size depends on the habitat where they live and the type of food sources that they consume.
They can weight up to 350 pounds but most of them are much smaller than that.
They have a very complex color pattern that allows them to fit into their surroundings virtually undetected.
The colors include olive green, black, white, and gold. There is a geometric design on it that includes diamond shapes.
Where It Lives
Reticulated Python is native to southeastern Asia and western Bangladesh to south eastern Vietnam and on the Indo-Pacific islands west of New Guinea.
Other reports have shown the presence of reticulated pythons in eastern parts of Sudan Africa and northern parts of Queensland and Northern Territory in Australia. They live in the rainforests and woodlands. They tend to stay close to the forest locations where they can find water such as streams and lakes.
The Reticulated Python is an excellent swimmer. They are slow moving but very meticulous so they can cover large areas in a given day.
They are mainly active at night time. They are very aggressive creatures and will instinctively coil up when they feel that they are in danger. Due to the heavy size they are mainly found living on the ground. However, they will sometimes go into the trees. They are also well known for hanging around the bodies of water.
Reticulated python diet
They consume rodents, primates, and more. They wait and ambush their prey and then they wrap around it to cut off the airways. It can take a very long time for them to digest a meal so they usually only eat every few weeks. They have been known to consume domestic animals too. This includes cats, dogs, and sheep.
They don’t have any venom and they are very seldom known to bite. However, they wrap around a person or animal and suffocate them.