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Reticulated Python

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Pythonidae
Genus: Python
Species: P. reticulatus
Binomial name
Python reticulatus
Schneider, 1801

The Reticulated Python (Python reticulatus), with a maximum recorded length 33 feet [1], is the longest existing snake species. However, this species is relatively slender and long, and therefore not the largest: the Green Anaconda can be roughly twice as heavy at the same length.[2]Those who work with reticulated pythons often cite an unusual level of intelligence and awareness compared to other species. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (3264x2448, 3111 KB) Summary Reticulated Python at Wilmingtons Serpentarium. ... Scientific classification or biological classification is a method by which biologists group and categorize species of organisms. ... Digimon, the only known animals. ... Template:Tax more Chordates (phylum Chordata) are a group of animals that includes the vertebrates, together with several closely related invertebrates. ... Subclasses Anapsida Diapsida Synonyms Reptilia Laurenti, 1768 Reptiles are tetrapods and amniotes, animals whose embryos are surrounded by an amniotic membrane, and members of the class Sauropsida. ... Suborders Lacertilia- Lizards Serpentes - Snakes Amphisbaenia - Worm lizards This article is about the Squamata order of reptiles. ... Families Acrochordidae Aniliidae Anomalepididae Anomochilidae Atractaspididae Boidae Bolyeriidae Colubridae Cylindrophiidae Elapidae Hydrophiidae Leptotyphlopidae Loxocemidae Pythonidae Tropidophiidae Typhlopidae Uropeltidae Viperidae Xenopeltidae Snakes are cold blooded legless reptiles closely related to lizards, which share the order Squamata. ... Genera Aspidites Antaresia Apodora Bothrochilus Leiopython Liasis Morelia Python Python is the common name for a group of non-venomous constricting snakes, specifically the family Pythonidae. ... Genera Aspidites Antaresia Apodora Bothrochilus Leiopython Liasis Morelia Python Python is the common name for a group of non-venomous constricting snakes, specifically the family Pythonidae. ... In biology, binomial nomenclature is the formal method of naming species. ... Johann Gottlob Schneider (January 18, 1750 - January 12, 1822), German classical scholar and naturalist, was born at Koilmen in Saxony. ... blue: sea snakes, black: land snakes Superfamilies and Families Henophidia Aniliidae Anomochilidae Boidae Bolyeriidae Cylindrophiidae Loxocemidae Pythonidae Tropidophiidae Uropeltidae Xenopeltidae Typhlopoidea Anomalepididae Leptotyphlopidae Typhlopidae Xenophidia Acrochordidae Atractaspididae Colubridae Elapidae Hydrophiidae Viperidae For other uses, see Snake (disambiguation). ... In biology, a species is one of the basic units of biodiversity. ... Binomial name Eunectes murinus Linnaeus, 1758 Synonyms Boa murina Linnaeus, 1758 Boa scytale Linnaeus, 1758 Boa gigas Latreille, 1802 Eunectes barbouri Dunn & Conant, 1936 The Green Anaconda (Eunectes murinus) is an anaconda. ...

The reticulated pythons's appearance is a complex geometric pattern that incorporates numerous different colors. The back typically has a series of irregular diamond shapes which are flanked by smaller markings with light centers. This species has a wide distribution, variations of size, color, and markings. Two subspecies currently exist, Python reticulatus jampeanus (Jampea Retics), and Python reticulatus saputrai (Selayer retics). It is an egg layer that lays between 60 and 100 eggs, at an incubation temperature of 88-90 °F (31 - 32 °C) (optimal), these eggs take an average of 88 days to hatch.[2] In zoology, as in other branches of biology, subspecies is the rank immediately subordinate to a species. ... In most birds and reptiles, an egg (Latin ovum) is the zygote, resulting from fertilization of the ovum. ... Fahrenheit is a temperature scale named after the German physicist Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit (1686–1736), who proposed it in 1724. ...

Although their interactivity and beauty draws much attention, some feel they are unpredictable.[citation needed] Attacks are rare, but the species has been responsible for several human fatalities in both the wild and captivity. This species of snake is one of the few that have documented, but not verified, cases of eating people. [2] Given maximum size, it is possible, although likely exceedingly rare.

In captivity

Reticulated pythons have increased in popularity in the pet trade largely due to increased efforts in captive breeding and selectively bred mutations such as the albino and "tiger" strains.

Inexperienced owners can enable snake escapes, sometimes causing injury to the owners themselves, other pets, and people living nearby. For the health and safety of both the snake and humans, reticulated pythons should only be kept by experienced keepers equipped to handle large constrictors. Feeding large snakes is particularly hazardous, and a second person should be available during this time to assist in any emergency or call for help.[citation needed] It has been suggested that Residential pets be merged into this article or section. ...

Reticulated pythons can make great and extremely rewarding captives, but the keeper should have previous experience with large pythons to help ensure safety to both animal and keeper. They do not attack humans by nature, but will bite and possibly constrict if they feel threatened or mistake a hand for food. While not poisonous, large pythons can inflict very serious bites, sometimes requiring stitches. Trinomial name Homo sapiens sapiens Linnaeus, 1758 Humans, or human beings, are bipedal primates belonging to the mammalian species Homo sapiens (Latin: wise man or knowing man) under the family Hominidae (the great apes). ...


Several variations of the Reticulated python are currently being bred in captivity, including the tiger, super tiger, albino (white, lavender, dark lavender, and purple phase), albino tiger, albino super tiger, genetic stripe, sunfire, golden child (this morph may be soon renamed), calico, ivory/white flame, and many others.


Within the past 20 years, reticulated python farms have grown in many Asian countries, including Indonesia. It is rumored that European settlers introduced them to the region in 1558. Current estimates state that there are roughly 5,400 reticulated python farms throughout Southeast Asia. In countries such as Indonesia, reticulated pythons are said to outnumber humans 15 to 1[citation needed]. Native peoples first gained interest in farming them when they realized the skin could easily be sold for profit in the snake skin industry. Reticulated python skins are popular sources for purses and boots, such as the typical snake skin cowboy boot. Prada has also used reticulated python skins on some of their purses. The meat of these snakes is also considered a delicacy amongst local peoples and sells for as much at 50 USD per kilogram[citation needed].

See also

Genera Aspidites Antaresia Apodora Bothrochilus Leiopython Liasis Morelia Python Python is the common name for a group of non-venomous constricting snakes, specifically the family Pythonidae. ...


  1. ^ Natural World/Animal Extremes/Longest Snake. Retrieved on January 27, 2007.
  2. ^ a b c Mattison, Chris (1999). Snake. DK Publishing. ISBN 0-7894-4660-X. 

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External links

  • General Reticulated python information
  • Information about pythons in the wild including reticulated pythons from Answers.com
  • Information specifically on reticulated pythons from Answers.com
  • Abstract of a study of reticulated python populations in northern Sumatra (Indonesia), and their viability in the face of commercial hunting.
  • Very dubious, but amusing, account of 49 foot reticulated python said to be in a central Javanese zoo.
  • Article alleging that above 49 foot python is really much smaller. Seemingly reliable information quoted on pythons in the wild.
  • [1] " Amusing article and photo claiming python eats eleven guard dogs in Malaysia. Photo.]
  • discussion forum on reticulated pythons.

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Pythons are primitive snakes that, like their close relatives the boas, still show signs of lizard ancestry.
The reticulated python of Southeast Asia is among the largest snakes, reaching a length of 10 m (33 ft).
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