Distribution and Habitat
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.
Found in the tropical forest, woodland and grassland habitats, frequently near water.
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.
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.
These pythons have amazing patterns on their bodies which are designed to help them blend into the leaf litter of the rainforests.
They are the longest snakes in the world measuring as long as 30 feet.