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The Zoo has one female reticualted python named Bessie. Her estimated birthdate is July 1, 1994 and she arrived at the Zoo on June 29, 1999.
Look near the large plant or in the pool.
Reptile and Amphibian House
This beautiful snake has a pattern of irregular diamond shapes running along its back and smaller markings with a light center on its sides. The term “reticulated” refers to the skin pattern of the snake.
14 years in captivity.
The reticulated python employs a "lie and wait" hunting strategy. They can be found in rainforests, woodlands, grasslands as well as near human populations searching for prey. They are also excellent swimmers and will often be found in rivers, streams and lakes. They have also be known to traverse the open ocean.
Female pythons can lay between 10-100 eggs per clutch.The mother python will coil around the eggs and create muscular vibrations to keep the eggs warm.
Reticulated python’s are carnivorous. They are ambush feeders and will consume any prey they are able to seize and wrap in their coils. In the wild, they will consume mammals or birds up to approximately ¼ of their own body length. At the Zoo, the snakes are offered rabbits appropriate to the size of the snake. During the late spring to late fall the snake will eat weekly – in the winter the snake may become inactive and feed less frequently.
Their range extends from Myanmar and India, across Southeast Asia and on many of the islands of the Philippines and Indonesia.
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