Reticulated Python size
English name: Reticulated Python
Scientific name: Python reticulatus
Thai name: Ngu Leuam
Description: To 1000cm long. The largest snake in Asia, and the longest snake in the entire world. Head is large with large labial scales lining the mouth. Eyes are large and bright yellow-to-orange. The body is brown with a beautiful black, yellow, and white “reticulated” pattern that gives the snake its name. The head is mostly unmarked other than a black line that extends behind the eye.
Similar Species: The Burmese Python has an arrow-like dark brown marking on the top of its head, and its body has rows of black-bordered dark brown blotches rather than a reticulated black, brown, and yellow pattern.
Habitat: Found in a variety of habitats, including forest, scrubland, grassland, mangrove swamps, and agriculture. Often spends time near the edge of water bodies. Has adapted surprisingly well to urban areas and can even be found in the middle of Bangkok, where it appears to travel via the canal systems. The Reticulated Python is comfortable in trees and is a strong swimmer.
Contribution to the ecosystem: Despite its enormous size, the Reticulated Python actually feeds mainly on rats in urban areas, helping to control Bangkok’s rodent population. It is also known to eat larger mammals (such as pigs, deer, cats, and dogs), birds, and lizards. Adult pythons have no predators in the Bangkok area, but the hatchlings can be eaten by monitors and large birds of prey.
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