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Reticulated Python

Python reticulatus

Longest snake

Often considered by many as the longest snake in the world. Some 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 use their backward-curving teeth and powerful coil to catch and squeeze their prey until it dies. Then they swallow their food whole.

Huge hatch

Female reticulated pythons can lay over 100 eggs at a time. Once laid, they wrap their bodies around the eggs until they hatch.

Threat Level

  • Unknown
  • Common
  • Near Threatened
  • Threatened
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild

Not listed by IUCN

The conservation status is currently unknown.


Southeastern Asia and nearby Pacific islands


Rain forests, woodlands, adjacent grasslands near water

Find this animal in Historic Hill


Historic Hill

Historic Hill is a lovely stroll through one of the oldest parts of the Saint Louis Zoo. From the 1904 World’s Fair Flight Cage to the Spanish architectural flavor of the 1920s in the Bird House, Primate House and Herpetarium to the finishing touches of our thoroughly modern exhibits, this area of the Zoo has a unique ambiance and a nostalgic history that make it a great destination.

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