Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Python reticulatus snake

Reticulated Python (Python reticulatus) is the longest snake in the world, and among three Old World Pythons. It is relatively slender and characterized by an attractive pattern - diamond-shaped outline highlighted by white spots with light brown background. They are native throughout coastal Southeast Asia, from Myanmar to Nicobar Island, east of Peninsular Malaysia, Vietnam and most of the islands of the Indonesia and Philippines.

The reticulated python can be found in variety of habitats, including open woodlands, dense forest, rocky areas, lakes, rivers and swamps. This species is rarely found far away from water bodies. They are excellent swimmers and rarely attack humans. The snake can attain considerable size, some adult specimens are measured to be about 28 feet long, making it the world's longest snake and reptile. However, the average length of a reticulated python is about 10-20 feet.

The longest snake in the world, the reticulated python has a very slim build. They are not as heavily built as the anaconda. One of the longest snake to be measured was a female reticulated python residing in the Pittsburg Zoo & PPG Aquarium. She was about 28.5 feet in length. These snakes have a complex geometric pattern. These patterns are mostly irregular diamond-shaped on the back with smaller markings. They have many variations in color, size and markings. This is called disruptive coloration, that helps them camouflage themselves and catch prey in the jungle.

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