RETICULATED PYTHON

RETICULATED PYTHONMalayopython reticulatus

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Listed as Least Concern globally, in view of its wide distribution, adaptability and abundance even in some areas where it is subject to heavy exploitation.

Vulnerability-_Least Concern

CLASS

Reptilia

ORDER

Squamata

FAMILY

Pythonidae

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General Characteristics:

Color: 

Light yellow to brown in color with a slightly iridescent tint; black lines are often present along the head and along the entirety of the body

Size:

10-30 feet

Weight:

220-600 pounds

Average Lifespan: 

15-22 years

Captive Lifespan:

18-27 years

Distribution:

Native to southeastern Asia and the Indo-Pacific islands

Habitat:

Inhabit forests and shrubland

Reproduction:

Mating: 

February-March

Gestation/Incubation:

The female python incubates the eggs in a nest for 90 days

Litter/Clutch Size:

A single clutch can contain anywhere from 8-107 eggs

Mature: 

They do not reach sexual maturity until they are 3-5 years old

Diet:

Mammals and birds found in their geographic location

Behavior:

These pythons tend to leave near bodies of water because moving in water makes it easier on them due to their body weight.