Reticulated Python

Reticulated Python

Check out Australia Zoo’s Reticulated Python!

Australia Zoo is home to the longest species of snake in the world, the reticulated python! This impressive reptile can be spotted exploring our Reticulated Python Exhibit. Keep your cameras ready because she’s a beauty.

 

Reticulated Python wrapped around itself sitting on a branch.

 

This giant snake species is found throughout the tropical rainforests of south-east Asia, western Bangladesh and the Indo-pacific islands. They are capable of reaching lengths of up to 10 metres. Crikey!

 

Due to their enormous size, they are primarily a ground-dwelling reptile. Their stunning skin is perfectly designed for blending into the forest floor.  Although a usually slow-moving snake, they can strike at lightning speed in order to catch their prey! An adult reticulated python is capable of consuming birds and mammals, sometimes as large as pigs and deer. 

 

Reticulated Python cropped to see head and scales in detail.

 

Like most pythons, the reticulated python is oviparous, meaning it lays eggs. The female reticulated python is a super mum! She will remain coiled over the incubating eggs for up to 70 days in order to provide warmth and protect her eggs from prey.

 

Reticulated Python slithering on the ground.

 

These forest giants are well adapted to their tropical environment. They are a force to be reckoned with and are listed as a species of least concern.

  • Class of animal icon
    Class

    Reptilia

  • Genus of animal icon
    Genus

    Python

  • Species of animal icon
    Species

    reticulatus

  • height of animal icon
    Length

    4 - 10 metres

  • weight of animal icon
    Weight

    100 - 270 kilograms

  • diet of animal icon
    Diet

    Carnivore

  • gestation of animal icon
    Incubation

    70 days