Large reticulated pythons normally eat mammals and birds, including some prey as large as deer and pigs.
Forests, woodlands, grasslands, often near waterways in South East Asia
When our keepers carry out health checks on our pythons, it take 9 keepers to carry them!
The longest snakes in the world, reticulated pythons are famous for the way they eat rather than what they eat.
These snakes are constrictors. They squeeze their prey with their body coils to inhibit breathing so
that the prey dies of asphyxiation rather than actually being crushed. Their sharp teeth are used to hold the prey before crushing and suffocating them with their body.
Because of their size they are slower moving than a lot of other snakes but still have the ability to
move quickly when necessary.
Their skin markings provide superb camouflage amongst the foliage on the ground, giving them a
great hunting advantage despite not having any venom.
Female reticulated pythons are capable of laying between 60 and 100 eggs at a time, which take
between 70-90 days to hatch.
The LARGE size and distinctive scale pattern of reticulated pythons has resulted in them being heavily exploited for skin to make popular leather products such as belts, wallets and boots.
Habitat loss is another significant threat for this snake. Through our conservation projects in South East Asia, we work to restore the forest habitats of Borneo, not only helping to protect the future of orangutans, but of all species living in them, including the reticulated python.