Text written by: Beanie Villermin
The Reticulated Python (Python reticulatus) is found in Southeast Asia. Adults have been know
to reach lengths of over 28 feet although in captivity those lengths are usually much shorter.
Retics are excellent swimmers and benefit from large water bowls.The name "Reticulated" refers
to it's net like pattern.
These pythons are not for beginners and should only be kept by experienced keepers who
understand the size these animals can obtain.
Under optimal conditions these animals have a life span of 20+ years
Python retiulatus is part of the family of a lot of other pythons. For example: The Ball python (Python regius), the Burmese python (Python molurus bivittatus), and the Carpet Python (Morelia spilota).
Found in Southeast Asia from the Nicobar Islands, Bangladesh, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore, east through Indonesia and the Indo-Australian Archipelago (Sumatra, the Mentawai Islands, the Natuna Islands, Borneo, Sulawesi, Java, Lombok, Sumbawa, Sumba, Flores, Timor, Maluku, Tanimbar Islands) and the Philippines (Basilan, Bohol, Cebu, Leyte, Luzon, Mindanao, Mindoro, Negros, Palawan, Panay, Polillo, Samar, Tawi-Tawi). The original description does not include a type locality. Restricted to "Java" by Brongersma (1972).
Three sub-species have been proposed, but are not recognized by ITIS. The color and size can vary a great deal between the sub-species described. Geographical location is a good key to establishing the sub-species, each one has a distinct geographical range.
HabitatThe Reticulated python lives in rain forests, woodland and nearby grassland. It is also associated with rivers and is found in areas with nearby streams and lakes. An excellent swimmer, it has even been reported far out at sea and has consequently colonized many small islands within its range. During the early years of the twentieth century it is said to have been common even in busy parts of Bangkok, sometimes eating domestic animals.
SizeIn captivity lengths of 12' - 14' feet in males and 18 - 20 feet in females are common.
There are also dwarf and super dwarf retics. These pythons don't get as big as mainland
pythons but do but still reach adult sizes of 10 and 8 feet respectfully.