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Phyllomedusa bicolor
Phyllomedusa bicolor

Care Sheet

Reticulated Python (Python reticulatus)


Common names: Reticulated Python

Size: 3.6-5.4m is average, however exceptionally large specimens can exceed 6.6m (22ft).

Age: 20-30 years is average, however, this species have been known to live 40 or more years.

Difficulty: High. Due to the size of a reticulated python they should only be kept by experienced keepers. Most captive bred reticulated pythons have good temperaments (unlike wild caught specimens). However they will still have a strong feeding response which makes them potentially very dangerous.

Temperature: 80-85°F (26-30°C).

Humidity: Medium to High. The enclosure should be sprayed daily to maintain humidity. Water needs to be changed everyday.

Housing: 240x90x60 (8ft) is adequate for an "average" adult Reticulated Python. This species is incredibly strong so any enclosure designed for keeping reticulated pythons should be very strong. Small plastic enclosures such as breeder boxes and small faunariums are suitable for hatchling and juvenile Reticulated Pythons.

Heating: Dependent on what enclosures you are heating. Plastic enclosures can be heated using heat mats, whereas wooden vivariums or similar housing should be space heated using bulbs, ceramic heaters or heat plates.

The three most important things to remember when heating any enclosure are:

  • Ensure the animal cannot burn itself with the correct fitting of the heat source and protecting it with a guard.
  • Choose the appropriate wattage for the size enclosure. This can help further reduce the risk burns and overheating (it can also help save energy!)
  • Always using an appropriate thermostat. (Refer to Thermostat Guide)

Substrate: Orchid bark is a widely used medium for keeping Reticulated Pythons on. However Aspen and wood chip can also be used. Unprinted newspaper is perfect as a hygienic flooring, although it does need to be changed quite regularly.

Diet: Defrosted rats. Adult Reticulated Pythons will eat very large rabbits.

Natural Distribution: South East Asia.

Things to note: Reticulated Pythons are the longest snakes in the world. The current world record is just over 7.2m (23.5ft) and there are reports of reticulated pythons in excess of 9.9m (32.5ft).