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Python reticulatus

The Longest Snake in the World

The reticulated python is the longest snake in the world with a record specimen form Indonesia in the early 20th Century that was 10.0m long. It is one of the few snake species capable of devouring a human and several instances are on record.

Normal prey ranges from rats to goats, deer and even a leopard and a young sun-bear. It is a powerful constrictor and kills by constricting its prey, its bite is bloody but nonvenomous. Its wide range was recently extended by Mark O'Shea and Skip Lazell who recorded the species on remote Itbayat island in the far north Philippines, closer to Taiwan than Luzon. In Thailand we also observed some interesting sleeping and escape behavior.

O'Shea M. & J.D.Lazell 2008 Python reticulatus (Reticulated python) Philippines, Batanes Province Herpetological Review 39(4):486.

O'Shea M., Y.Temsiripong & A.J.Lynam 2004 Python reticulatus (Reticulated python) Site Selection, Sleeping and Escape Bahavior Herpetological Review 35(1):71-72.

Southeast Asia (northeastern India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, southern China, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia & Philippines).

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Habitat: Rainforest, rivers & woodland


A bright yellow headed retic python from Borneo
The female in the collection incubating
a clutch of her eggs
A young reticulated python sleeping on a branch in Thailand were we recorded an interesting observation about python seeking behaviour (download 2nd pdf above)


This large female Reticulated python, which arrived from a Polish zoo, is almost 6.0m long and weighs 54kg. Keepers (L-R) Dave Bain, Dan Hall, Steve Slater, Mark O'Shea
Photo: John James for WMSP


Mark struggling to hold the same python for a few photographs.
Photo: John James for WMSP


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