Picture: J. Bulian
Python reticulatus (Broghammerus reticulatus*2) (Reticulated Python)
Thai: (ngoo leuam)
One of the largest specimens ever was pictured in the January edition of the magazine “Das Tier” (The Animal). The snake was captured in Thailand and, according to the magazine, has a body length of 12, 2 meters and a body weight of 220 kg. This snake has been sold to a snake reserve in Japan. The statement about the length and weight is sure to be inaccurate and probably heavily exaggerated. However it is proved that this snake can grow very long with this
illustration of a Python on Siam-Info. The animal is now 7 years old (October 2007) and has already reached a length of 6,5 meters.
The ReticulatedPython is to be found throughout Thailand. The animals can even be regularly found in the inner city areas of Bangkok.
The ReticulatedPython was originally an inhabitant of the flat land woods. It prefers to be near water and is active at twilight and a night. The reticulated Python is a fantastic swimmer and is regular swimming long distances in the sea. Thesespecies were the first reptiles to resettle in the area after the outbreak of the volcano Krakatau on the islands of (Sumatra or) Java in 1888.
These snakes are very aggressive and bite at the slightest disturbance. A snake from 4 meters long and upwards poses a danger to humans, not because of its poison, but because of its sheer size.
*2 RAWLINGS et al. transfered Python reticulatuns in the new genus Broghammerus. If this change will be generally accepted remains to be seen.