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About Reticulated Pythons

Reticulated pythons originate from South and Southeast Asia. They are a beautiful species of python that is becoming more popular and more readily available in the hobby. There are three types of reticulated pythons available in the hobby.

Reticulated Pythons

What type?

Mainland Retics

Mainland Reticulated pythons are the world’s longest snake with records reaching 32 feet! However they normally average out between 10 and 20 feet. Although easy to keep they should only be kept by experienced keepers mainly due to their sheer size alone and the size of enclosure they require. When dealing with large snakes it is very important to have someone on standby in case anything doesn’t go to plan.

Dwarf Retics

The second type of reticulated pythons are the ‘dwarf’ reticulated pythons. These stay much smaller than their larger cousins making them more manageable. On average they max out between 8 to 12 feet. It is still important to have someone on standby in case of an emergency as they are still very strong however a single person could pick one up unlike a mainland reticulated python which can take several people to lift.

Super Dwarf Retic

The last type of reticulated python is the ‘super dwarf, reticulated python. These are the smallest out of the three types of reticulated pythons reaching on average 6 to 8 feet. These are very easy to manage as they are much smaller than both their larger cousins.

Are Retics for me?

Reticulated Python Care

All three types have the exact same care the only big difference is the size of the enclosure each type requires. Reticulated pythons require a hotspot of 33 degrees Celsius and a cool spot of 24 degrees Celsius. UVB isn’t required however it is highly beneficial. Reticulated pythons like to be kept with a higher humidity so we would personally recommend keeping them on bark or soil however people have kept them on newspaper and lignocel with no issues.

Reticulated pythons genuinely have a very good nature and normally don’t bite however many are known to be ‘food aggressive’. This means that they have a high feeding response and any type of quick movement or touching them they will associate with food and bite. This is nothing to worry about as it is very easy to overcome. Many keepers ‘tap train’ there animals so they know it’s not feeding time.

Tap training requires you to tap the animal with a snake hook or something similar. With this they will know that they are not going to be fed and from then on they are fine to pick up. This should be done every time you are going to get the animal out to handle. The other method is to just simply spray them in the face. They will back up and allow you to pick them up. Reticulated pythons come in a variety of morphs giving you plenty of options to choose from.

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