Some reticulated pythons are sweet-tempered and trustworthy, however, many, especially wild-caught specimens, have nervous and irritable dispositions and simply do not make satisfactory captives. Considering their rapid growth, large appetites and cage requirements (and the willingness of most specimens to bite when handled), this species is not recommended as a suitable captive to any but the most serious and experienced keepers who realize what they're getting into. Captive-bred specimens are not typically as irritable as wild-caught snakes, and people who want a reticulated python should always try to purchase one that has been bred in captivity. There are also dwarf varieties available, which first-time reticulated python owners may want to try before obtaining a standard retic. These are still large snakes, but they reportedly do not attain the massive size of a standard reticulated python. Watch the reticulated python Quick-Care video. Read the reticulated python care sheet.
Rainforests, woodlands and grasslands. Usually found near streams and rivers.
Widespread throughout Southeast Asia, Indonesia and the Philippines.
Scientific Name: Python reticulatus
Species Group: python
Size: This is the largest python species in the world. Given adequate space, most specimens will eventually pass 20 feet to an adult size of 22 to 26 feet and 200 to 250 pounds. The maximum length of the species slightly exceeds 33 feet.