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Scientific name:
Broghammerus reticulatus

Conservation Status:
Common

Where to see them in the zoo:
World of Reptiles

Fun Facts:

Reticulated pythons grow to be the longest snakes in the world. 
 
The Latin word reticulatus means “net-like” and refers to the snake’s complex color pattern.
 
Reticulated pythons have been introduced into southern Florida and are having a devastating effect on that ecosystem. 

 Reticulated python

Size: 
15 to 20 feet

Range:
Throughout Southeast Asia, including Indonesia and the Philippines.

Habitat:
Rainforests, woodlands, and grasslands; often associated with streams and lakes

Lifestyle:
Reticulated pythons are ambush predators that typically lie in wait for their prey.  

Food:
Mostly eat small mammals such as rats, civets, binturongs, and pigs, but will occasionally eat birds.  

Life Cycle:
Females can lay anywhere from 15-80 eggs per clutch, and the eggs hatch in approximately 85-90 days. Hatchlings are about two feet long and live as long as 40 years.

Some of My Neighbors (IN THE WILD):
Muntjacs, binturongs, Sumatran tigers, orangutans

Population Status & Threats:
Although still considered common, these animals suffer many of the same threats as other animals from their region (such as habitat destruction). Many predators may attempt to prey upon young reticulated pythons, but adult snakes have few natural predators.