Reticulated Python

Walter Colvin

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Reticulated Python

Python reticulatus is a species of python found in
Southeast Asia. Adults grow to a maximum of over 28
feet (8.7 m) in length and are the world’s longest snakes,
but are not the most heavily built. Like all pythons, they
are non-venomous constrictors and normally not
considered dangerous to man, even though large
specimens are powerful enough to kill an adult and
attacks are occasionally reported.

An excellent swimmer, it has even been reported far out
at sea and has consequently colonized many small islands
within its range. The specific name is Latin meaning net-
like, or reticulated, and is a reference to the complex
color pattern.
Adults grow to a maximum of more than 28.5 feet (8.7
m) in length and are probably the world’s longest snakes.
However, they are relatively slim for their length and are
certainly not the most heavily built.The anaconda,
Eunectes murinus, may be larger. The largest individual
ever accurately measured was Colossus, kept at the
Pittsburgh Zoo during the 1950s, with a peak length of
28.5 feet. Numerous reports have been made of larger
snakes, but since none of these have been measured by a
scientist nor have the specimens been deposited at a
museum, they must be regarded as unproven and
probably erroneous. In spite of a standing offer of
$50,000 for a live, healthy snake over 30 feet long by
the New York Zoological Society, no attempt to claim
this rewards has ever been made.

The color pattern is a complex geometric pattern that
incorporates different colors. The back typically has a
series of irregular diamond shapes which are flanked by
smaller markings with light centers. In this species’ wide
range, much variation of size, color, and markings
commonly occurs.

In zoo exhibits the color pattern may seem garish, but in
a shadowy jungle environment amid fallen leaves and
debris it allows them to virtually disappear. Called a
disruptive coloration, it protects them from predators
and helps them to catch their prey.

Found in Southeast Asia from the Nicobar Islands,
Bangladesh, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam,
Malaysia and Singapore, east through Indonesia and the
Indo-Australian Archipelago (Sumatra, the Mentawai
Islands, the Natuna Islands, Borneo, Sulawesi, Java,
Lombok, Sumbawa, Sumba, Flores, Timor, Maluku,
Tanimbar Islands) and the Philippines (Basilan, Bohol,
Cebu, Leyte, Luzon, Mindanao, Mindoro, Negros,
Palawan, Panay, Polillo, Samar, Tawi-Tawi). The original
description does not include a type locality. Restricted to
“Java” by Brongersma.

Occurs in rain forests, woodland and nearby grassland. It
is also associated with rivers and is found in areas with
nearby streams and lakes. An excellent swimmer, it has
even been reported far out at sea and has consequently
colonized many small islands within its range. During the
early years of the twentieth century it is said to have
been common even in busy parts of Bangkok, sometimes
eating domestic animals.

Their natural diet includes mammals and occasionally
birds. Small specimens—up to 3–4 meters (10–14 ft)
long—eat mainly rodents such as rats, whereas larger
individuals switch to prey such as Viverridae (e.g. civets
and binturongs), and even primates and pigs. Near
human habitation, they are known to snatch stray
chickens, cats and dogs on occasion. Among the largest
prey items that are actually fully documented to have
been taken were a half-starved old female Sun Bear of 23
kilograms that was eaten by a 6.95 m (23 ft) specimen
and took some 10 weeks to digest, as well as pigs of
more than 60 kg (132 lb). As a rule of thumb, these
snakes seem able to swallow prey up to ¼ their own
length, and up to their own weight. As with all pythons,
they are ambush hunters, waiting until prey wanders
within strike range before seizing it in their coils and
killing via constriction.

Hatchlings are at least 2 feet (61 cm) in length.
Oviparous, females lay between 60 and 100 eggs per
clutch. At an optimum incubation temperature of 31–
32°C (88–90 °F), the eggs take an average of 88 days to

Info from Wikipedia.

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