|Geographical Range||Southeastern Asia and nearby Pacific islands|
|Habitat||Rain forests, woodlands, adjacent grasslands near water|
|Scientific Name||Python reticulatus|
|Conservation Status||Not listed by IUCN|
Many experts call this python the longest snake in the world. Some reticulated pythons have reached 33 feet in length, but most average 17 to 22 feet. Despite their massive size, these snakes are hard to spot in the wild, thanks to their camouflaged markings. They catch their prey with their backward-curving teeth, and coil their powerful body around it, squeezing until the victim dies. Then they swallow their food whole.
Did You Know?
Some females may lay over 100 eggs at a time; they wrap their bodies around them until they hatch.