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Location and Habitat
Reticulated pythons can be found throughout southeast Asia. Reticulated pythons inhabit all of the countries from India to Vietnam on mainland Asia. Reticulated pythons can also be found on islands and island chains in the seas of southeast Asia. Some of the islands that they are found on are Borneo, Sumatra, Java and the Philippines archipelago. Reticulated pythons inhabit the humid, moist, tropical rainforests of southeast Asia. They are usually found near sources of water such as ponds, streams and rivers. Reticulated pythons spend much of their time in the trees, but can also be found in the water.
Reticulated pythons feed mostly on smaller mammals. These small mammals include rats and monkeys. Reticulated pythons can also take larger mammals such as pigs or small deer. There are reports of attacks on humans but many of those reports are unsubstantiated.
Size and Description
Reticulated pythons are the longest snakes in the world, some measuring over 30 feet. Most grow to sizes of 15 - 25 feet.
Reticulated pythons, however, are not the heaviest snakes. Their distant cousins, green anacondas of South America,
are the heaviest of all snakes.
Reticulated pythons are cold-blooded, and live in warm, tropical climates in order to keep their blood warm year round.
Although there are many similarities between reticulated pythons and anacondas, one of the main differences is how they
give birth. The eggs of anacondas hatch while still inside the mother, and the mother then gives birth to live young.
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