Python reticulatus, also known as the (Asiatic) reticulated python, is a species of python found in Southeast Asia. Adults can grow to m ( ft) in length but. Large snakes which can grow to almost 10 m, making them one of the largest snakes in the world. They are yellow or brown with rhomboidal dark markings. Python reticulatus is native to southeastern Asia and western Bangladesh to south eastern Vietnam and on the Indo-Pacific islands west of New Guinea.

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Reticulated python

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 Broghammeeus reticulatus. According to Catalogue of Life 20 Jan its scientific name is Broghammerus reticulatus.


According to EcologyAsia, its scientific name is Malayopython reticulatus. To about 10m long, but those we might see are usually much shorter and rarely exceed 5m.

Malayopython reticulatus | The Reptile Database

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. Brohhammerus 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.

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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. Mama snake lays many eggs is the record and incubates them for three months. The babies look just like their parents. The snake is considered common and are not listed among the threatened animals of Singapore.

File:Reticulated Python (Broghammerus reticulatus) ().jpg – Wikimedia Commons

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 broghammmerus Reticulated python on Nick Baker’s EcologyAsia website: References Lim, Kelvin K. Baker, Nick and Kelvin Lim. Wild Animals of Singapore: Stuebing, Robert B and Robert F.

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