Where in the world?
Scrublands, grasslands and open woodlands of Australia.
Reticulated Pythons prey mainly on mammals, but occasionally consume birds. Individuals reaching up to 13 feet eat mostly rodents, though larger individuals can take prey as large as pigs and primates.
The term “reticulated” means net-like, referring to the patterns on this snake. The disruptive pattern breaks up the shape of the animal, especially in uneven jungle lighting, providing excellent camouflage for these ambush hunters.
Reticulated Pythons often live between 15 and 30 years in captivity.
Did you know?
The Reticulated Python is considered the longest species of snake in the world, reaching over 20 feet long. Though measuring large, live snakes is difficult, a few captive Reticulated Pythons have been measured at 25–26 feet. Claims of longer Green Anacondas have all been hoaxes.