Reticulated Python

Broghammerus Reticulatus

Scientific Name

Reticulated Python:  
Broghammerus Reticulatus

Distribution and Habitat

Geographic Range

This python can be found in southeastern Asia, the East Indies and the Philippines. It has the largest range of any of the python species.

Natural Habitat

Found in the tropical forest, woodland and grassland habitats, frequently near water.

Physical Characteristics

  • The reticulated python is the longest snake in the world and may weigh up to 250 pounds.  Its bold net-like skin pattern can be gold and black with gray splotches edged in black along the back and sides.  There are white triangular markings between the gray splotches on the sides.  The head is gray with a black stripe running down the top, ending in a circular marking on the neck. The entire body radiates an iridescent sheen. They possess approximately 100 long teeth which aid in pulling prey into its mouth.

Quick Facts

  1. Reticulated pythons kill their prey by first striking, then holding onto the victim with its mouth while rolling coils around the victim’s body and constricting until the victim dies of suffocation.  The victim’s body is then drawn into the mouth by the large teeth and muscle contractions.

  2. These pythons have amazing patterns on their bodies which are designed to help them blend into the leaf litter of the rainforests.

  3. They are the longest snakes in the world measuring as long as 30 feet.

Exhibit

Reptile House

Conservation Status

Critically Endangered: The Reticulated Python is facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.

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Diet

Carnivore

In the wild, reticulated python feed on mammals and birds varying in size. In captivity they are fed adult rabbits.