In his descriptions, Schneider referred to a holotype specimen and illustrations by Albertus Seba in his book ' Locupletissimi rerum naturalium thesauri ' The Wealthiest are the Treasurers of Natural Things which was published between Synonym names occur when scientists discuss and label animal specimens under different names when in actual fact they are referring to the same original species, in this case, the reticulated python as described by Schneider Unfortunately, Schneider did not explain why he named the species 'reticulatus'. More subspecies have been suggested by Hoser but these are not widely accepted 3 4 :. The illustrations below highlight the main distinguishing features of the python. The python has been found as far south as the islands of Indonesia and in some parts of India and China. Countries with confirmed native populations include:.
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Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, May Make your own badge here. This enormous but beautiful snake is among the most commonly sighted snakes in Singapore. According to Baker, it is found in almost all habitats from forest to mangroves and also in urban areas. From sea level up to 1,m. Elsewhere also near rivers. It is common throughout Southeast Asia. It was previously known as Python reticulatus.
According to Catalogue of Life 20 Jan its scientific name is Broghammerus reticulatus. According to EcologyAsia, its scientific name is Malayopython reticulatus.
Features: To about 10m long, but those we might see are usually much shorter and rarely exceed 5m. Among the longest snakes in the world, this powerfully muscled snake is non-venomous and kills by constricting its victims in its coils. Large adults can be dangerous to humans. Even though it is non-venomous, it can give a nasty lacerating bite with its powerful jaws filled with sharp long fangs. Don't disturb a python.
It has a pretty net-like pattern 'reticulatus' means 'net-like' and scales that are iridescent in sunlight. What does it eat? It hunts small warm-blooded animals and has pits on the upper lip to detect its prey.
It is said to eat nearly anything it can catch from mice, rats to deer and pigs. A good climber, even tree dwellers are not safe from it. It is also an excellent swimmer. It is considered a pest on poultry farms. It is mainly nocturnal. Python babies: Mama snake lays many eggs is the record and incubates them for three months. The babies look just like their parents. Status and threats: The snake is considered common and are not listed among the threatened animals of Singapore.
However, like other creatures of the shores, they are affected by human activities such as reclamation and pollution. Reticulated pythons on Singapore shores. Photos of Reticulated pythons for free download from wildsingapore flickr. Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map. Links Reticulated pythons on the Singapore Snakes blog: fact sheet with photos and links to local sightings and other posts.
Reticulated python on Nick Baker's EcologyAsia website: fact sheet with photos. References Lim, Kelvin K. Baker, Nick and Kelvin Lim. Stuebing, Robert B and Robert F. Cox, Merel J. Spot errors? Have a question? Want to share your sightings?
Go to: main text of page main navigation local menu. Type locality: Tanahjampea Island, Indonesia. Differentiated from Python s. Conservation: This species is commercially exploited for the skin trade. From Im to Malaysia and Indonesia exported 1,,03 and 1,, wild pythons, respectively, just for the fashion industry! Auliya, pers. Phylogenetics: Python reticulatus and Python timoriensis are paraphyletic with respect to other Python species.
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, May Make your own badge here. This enormous but beautiful snake is among the most commonly sighted snakes in Singapore. According to Baker, it is found in almost all habitats from forest to mangroves and also in urban areas. From sea level up to 1,m. Elsewhere also near rivers. It is common throughout Southeast Asia.
The reticulated python Malayopython reticulatus is a snake species in the family Pythonidae native to South and Southeast Asia. In several range countries, it is hunted for its skin, for use in traditional medicine , and for sale as a pet. It is an excellent swimmer, has been reported far out at sea and has colonized many small islands within its range. It is among the three heaviest snakes. Like all pythons, it is a non-venomous constrictor. People have been killed and in at least two reported cases, eaten by reticulated pythons.