The Reticulated Python (Malayopython reticulatus) is a non-venomous reptile in the Pythonidae family of constrictor snakes.
The Reticulated Python has smooth scales in 69-79 rows with a complex geometric pattern. It has irregular diamond shapes with smaller markings with light centres.
It is the world’s longest snake. It grows to 1-6 metres (3-19 feet) in length.
It is native to south Asia and southeast Asia. It prefers to live in dense rain forests near water. It is an excellent swimmer.
The Reticulated Python is an ambush predator. It waits until its prey gets close to it, then it strikes. It coils around its prey and kills it by constriction. It eats mammals, mainly rats, and sometimes birds.
It is oviparous. The female lays 15-80 eggs, which take about 88 days to hatch. The baby snakelets are about 60 centimetres (24 inches) in length.
Location of photographs: Tashkent Zoo, Uzbekistan
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM