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.
Female reticulated pythons can lay over 100 eggs at a time. Once laid, they wrap their bodies around the eggs until they hatch.
- Near Threatened
- 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
SAINT LOUIS ZOO ZONE
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.