The reticulated pythons are the world’s longest snakes.
Adult male reticulated pythons can grow up to 10 metres long and can weigh more than 180kg. They live in the woods and rain forests of Southeast Asia and are good swimmers. The skin of a reticulated python is mostly grey or light brown.
Reticulated pythons hunt for food at night and wait quietly in trees for their prey to come by. They will flick their tongues in and out when sensing an animal is near. They will then sneaks quietly behind and bite them with its sharp and curved teeth. Following that, the python wraps itself around the animal and squeeze it hard until the animal can’t breathe and dies.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the longest snake ever kept in captivity is a reticulated python which measured 7.3 metres.
Other long snakes are the green anaconda which measures up to 9 metres long and the African rock python which is 7.6 metres long.
www.guinessworldrecords.com (Last Accessed: 29th July 2011)
www.wildsingapore.com/wildfacts/vertebrates/snakes/reticulatus.htm (Last Accessed: 29th July 2011)
For more information, check out these books!
All Rights Reserved, Fitzroy, Vic, Black Dog Books, 2010
Title: The Snake Book: Slip Sliding Away by Damian Goodall
Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic, Black Dog Books, 2010
Call No: J 597.96 GOO
All Rights Reserved, Bearport Pub, c2010
Title: Reticulated pythons: The world’s longest snake by Merish Goldish
Publisher: New York, Bearport Pub, c2001
Call No: JP 597.96 GOL
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