Python Reticulatus 'Reticulated Python'

With its reticulation the netpython looks attractive. There are also several beautiful colors. These big, strong and tempered snakes are only for people who have extensive experience with large constrictors. Choose the right animal for your situation: before buying a netpython educate yourself about this species.

GeneralPython Reticulatus - reticulated Python

Reticulated pythons are among the largest snakes in the world. Because of their size and the associated risks, these constrictors are only suitable for people with extensive knowledge and experience.

Reticulated pythons size are classified into three different categories: superdwarfs (or super dwarfs) are averaged to 2.5 meter long, but can also attain a length of more than 3 meters. Dwarfs (dwarves) are averaged to 4 meter long and "normal" netpythons can be up to 9 meter long. 'Dwarf' and 'super dwarf' Reticulated pythons are significantly smaller than the 'normal' and therefore a better choice to keep.

A Reticulated python can reach an age of about 25 years in captivity. The larger the hose, the older the animal usually is.

Different variants

The family of Reticulated pythons is subdivided into three subspecies, Python reticulatus reticulatus, Python and Python reticulatus reticulatus saputrai jampeanus. There are quite a lot of differences in size and color but characterize the net-like pattern on the back, the black stripe on each side of the head that runs up to the eye and the black center stripe on the head.
In addition Reticulated pythons there are natural variations also very much pattern and / or color changes, most famous of which is the albino but there are also serious, super tiger sunfire, calico, golden shield, genetic stripe, plutonium and much more. In addition, there are again the combinations that make by by pairing. Different mutations with each other


Reticulated pythons have a very extensive habitat which covers much of Southeast Asia.
They are never far from water and spend most of their lives in a sheltered place from which they hunt.
They are good climbers and can climb even in the vertical trunks of trees. By nature, these are nocturnal snakes.

Pythons are among the most primitive snake species and have their cloaca (the space in which the intestines, the urinary tract and genitals result) traces are what have ever been, legs in males they are usually larger and are used to stimulate while females the mating season.


Reticulated pythons are generally all great, there are dwarf and super dwarf species, but even these can still get a decent length, think of 3 meters or more. A terrarium may not be as for example a tiger python, netpythons as overly large are much slimmer and therefore take up less space, they are often a bit more mobile. A large water basin is not really necessary though there will be much use. Especially by younger animals For large specimens it is almost impossible to identify where they fit quite a big cistern that changed once a week is sufficient. A basin with branches are highly appreciated and used against it to sand. During molting try to keep the terrarium for security clearly not too much fuss so that the animal faeces during cleanup and tank always be. Monitored in changing Because netpythons cold-blooded and occur naturally in tropical areas temperature and humidity are very important.
Care in the terrarium for different temperature zones with daytime on the cool side at least 26 ° C and on the warm side to 34 ° C. At night the temperature may drop to 24 ° C but always make sure that there is a warm place to 28 ° C. To get at least 70% humidity is a good regular spraying needed.
In the natural habitat of netpythons is most of the year there are seasons characterized by a dry and a rainy season. by a day-night cycle of 12 hours day and 12 hours of darkness, In captivity is often the same cycle as held here in summer 15 hour day and night 9 pm, in winter 12 hour day and 12 hour night.
If bedding is recommended, reptibark this is quite pricey but has the advantage that it does not go moldy. Cocoapeat is also an option, not moldy and holds moisture very well, please remember that you do not use fertilized cocoapeat. Wood shavings and newspapers are less suitable, do not be too wet or moisture and can easily mold.

Python Reticulatus - Reticulated PythonCare and Handling

It is very important for netpythons to be. Regularly used Only by habituation, an animal will be quiet. Buy Always a young animal that has been bred in captivity. Wild caught is usually a little older and has a thing seen, therefore, these animals are often much more aggressive and unapproachable.
A captive bred hatchling is already accustomed to human hands by the breeder from the egg. Keep always watch: netpythons are animals with character and temperament. As you open the terrarium always on how the animal responds, the pupils large and comes the neck in an S ratio than beware.
These are the first signals indicate that they do not agree that you enter their territory. It is best to always use a glove in any case and get the animal. Unhesitatingly from his familiar surroundings In young animals you may use hooks, but once more the chance of breaking ribs with a large hook and can therefore work better with gloves.

Once out of the terrarium is usually nothing more defensive behavior noticeably. Handle larger Reticulated pythons from a length of around 2.5 meters no longer alone and never let children play with it. It is indeed no venomous snakes but can netpythons lightning lash out and thereby inflict nasty wounds. They are constrictors, but they can also mean bite. Never allow children to handle netpythons course!

Hoses can be carriers of diseases to humans (zoonoses). It is therefore important to always wash with soap and warm water for at least 30 seconds. Hands after grooming, feeding or handling your snake and / or cleaning of the terrarium


Reticulated pythons are constrictor snakes that kill their prey by a combination of suffocation and the shutting down of the blood flow. Prey is working as a whole in and through the elastic tendons between the jaws can be much larger if the head of the snake. Then the digestion process where almost everything is consumed, she starts will now find a warm place where they do not want to be disturbed, leave them in that period alone.
In captivity they get when young animal usually straight young rats and as they grow larger as the size of the prey adapted, will eventually be. Guinea pigs or rabbits fed We recommend the hose from childhood accustomed to dead prey, then you enter. No live animals Enter a feeder rod for safety!


About the culture of Reticulated pythons little is known. Growing netpythons is not recommended, because there is a very small market for these giant snakes. Snakes continue to grow throughout their lives and therefore molt several times. Because there is so much natural variation in netpythons it is difficult to say what the growth rate is and how big the animal will eventually be, this mainly depends on locality ('dwarf', 'super dwarf' or 'normal'). Becomes even more difficult when it comes to transactions involving various localities used. Is generally the case that all tremendously netpythons grow rapidly.

Diseases and genetic disorders

Reticulated pythons have a very good defense and are almost never get sick if they are kept in the right way. Only problem which is still sometimes want to do is bad molt, even when the humidity is just right can come loose easily shedding tears then often sit pieces. Especially on the back
Infectious diseases affecting snakes, and where a netpython also sensitive to his paramyxovirus and inclusion body disease (IBD). It is therefore very important to pay attention to. Good hygiene Always wash hands with disinfectant soap and go mainly from grants first shower and put on clean clothes before coming up with the rest of your animals in contact. Keep new animals preferably six months in quarantine or if that is not possible, raise it last.
For questions, contact a veterinarian with demonstrable knowledge of reptiles.

Required experience

Without much knowledge and experience of boa constrictors is a netpython absolutely not suitable pets.

Equipment, costs

A Reticulated pythons can be purchased from a breeder or a terrarium specialist. Choose an animal that has been bred in captivity.

The purchase price of a netpython ranges from below 100 euros for a normal wildtype animal to thousands of dollars for a rare mutation.
In addition, the cost of shelter, in the beginning, a small terrarium be enough but there will be a growing need to stay out. Gradually the animal grows For the dwarf species it will obviously not have to be extremely large and for "normal" reticulated python a minimum enclosure of 3 x 1 x 1 meter should be considered and in many cases this means that yo have to build it yourself, where the cost can vary highly. The cost of food should be taken into account, the price of prey items ranges from one to a few dollars for smaller animals to about 20 euros for larger food animals. Other recurring costs are those for bedding, heating and lighting.


• The official trade netpythons done according to the rules of CITES, a global agreement on the trade in endangered plants and animals curbs. Netpythons fall under CITES Appendix II with a transfer certificate is required. It shows the data of both buyer and seller, preferably in duplicate.
• Never leave children alone with netpython or any large snake whatsoever.

Text provided by Marco van Haren, 'not working with reticulated Pythons anymore'