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World’s Longest snake

April 16, 2009
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If u think Anaconda is the biggest snake in the world then you WRONG.

Asiatic Reticulated Python (Python reticulatus) is the biggest snake , with a record length of 33ft which is much more than the biggest anaconda in the world.They are found in asia. They dont have girth similar to anaconda, infact they are much thinner when compared to anaconda. But when in come to length they are no 1.

Asiatic Reticulated Python a species of python Found in Southeast Asia.They are non-venomous constrictors and normally not considered dangerous to man, even though large specimens are powerful enough to kill an adult and attacks are occasionally reported.An excellent swimmer, it has even been reported far out at sea and has consequently colonized many small islands within its range. The specific name is Latin meaning net-like, or reticulated, and is a reference to the complex color pattern.

Classification:

Scientific namePython reticulatus
Common name – reticulated python
Domain – Eukarya – Being eukaryotic, the reticulated python is like the other eukaryotes in that it contains a nucleus within a membrane-bound cell.

Kingdom – Animalia – Reticulated pythons are members of the kingdom animalia because they are motile and heterotrophic (do not produce their own food).
Phylum – Chordata – Because it is in the phylum chordata, at some point in its life Python reticulatus has a notocord (which gave rise to the backbone) a dorsal nerve cord (giving rise to the brain and spinal cord), pharyngeal gill slits, an endostyle, and a post-anal tail; all characteristics of the chordates.
Class – ReptiliaBeing a reptile, Python reticulatus is cold blooded, and has a body that is covered in scales. Its embryos are also covered by an amniotic membrane.
Order – Squamata – The squamata consist of lizards and snakes. They are defined by their skin, which is comprised primarily of scales. A feature of the squamata which is found especially in the snakes is their ability to open their mouths very wide in order to consumer their prey.
Family – Pythonidae – Being a member of the pythonidae means that Python reticulatus is non-venomous. The family pythonidae consists of some of the largest snakes in the world, including the reticulated python, which competes with the green anaconda for the title of world’s longest snake.
GenusPython – The genus Python consists of 7 species of non-venomous snakes. They are: Python anchietae, Python curtus, Python molurus, Python regius, Python sebae, Python timoriensis, and of course, Python reticulatus.
SpeciesPython reticulatus – Python reticulatus is the scientific name of the species, and refers to the reticulated patterns which occur on the python’s skin.

Asiatic Reticulated Python:longest snake

Asiatic Reticulated Python:longest snake

Geographical Locations :

Found in Southeast Asia from the Nicobar Islands, Bangladesh, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore, east through Indonesia and the Indo-Australian Archipelago (Sumatra, the Mentawai Islands, the Natuna Islands, Borneo, Sulawesi, Java, Lombok, Sumbawa, Sumba, Flores, Timor, Maluku, Tanimbar Islands) and the Philippines (Basilan, Bohol, Cebu, Leyte, Luzon, Mindanao, Mindoro, Negros, Palawan, Panay, Polillo, Samar, Tawi-Tawi).

Feeding:

Their natural diet includes mammals and occasionally birds. Small specimens—up to 3–4 meters (10–14 ft) long—eat mainly rodents such as rats, whereas larger individuals switch to prey such as Viverridae (e.g. civets and binturongs), and even primates and pigs. Near human habitation, they are known to snatch stray chickens, cats and dogs on occasion. Among the largest prey items that are actually fully documented to have been taken were a half-starved old female Sun Bear of 23 kilograms that was eaten by a 6.95 m (23 ft) specimen and took some 10 weeks to digest, as well as pigs of more than 60 kg (132 lb). As a rule of thumb, these snakes seem able to swallow prey up to ¼ their own length, and up to their own weight. As with all pythons, they are ambush hunters, waiting until prey wanders within strike range before seizing it in their coils and killing via constriction.

Reproduction:

Oviparous, females lay between 15 and 80 eggs per clutch. At an optimum incubation temperature of 31–32°C (88–90 F), the eggs take an average of 88 days to hatch. Hatch lings are at least 2 feet (61 cm) in length

Incidents proving danger to Human:

The attack on Human is rare but there are few cases that have made this species belong to highly unrelaible pythons.

  • Two incidents, apparently in early 20th century Indonesia: On Salibabu, a 14-year-old boy was killed and supposedly eaten by a specimen 5.17 m (c.17 ft) in length. Another incident involved an adult woman reputedly eaten by a “large reticulated python”, but few details are known.
  • Franz Werner reports a case from Burma (or Myanmar) either occurring in the early 1910s or in 1927. A jeweller named Maung Chit Chine, who went hunting with his friends, was apparently eaten by a 6 m (20 ft) specimen after he sought shelter from a rainstorm on or under a tree. Supposedly, he was swallowed feet first, contrary to normal snake behavior but the easiest way for a snake to actually swallow a human
  • In 1932, Frank Buck wrote about a teenage boy who was eaten by a pet 25 ft reticulated python in the Philippines. According to Buck, the python had escaped and when it was found they could recognize a human child shape inside the snake, which later turned out to be the son of the snake’s owner.
  • According to Mark Auliya, the corpse of 32-year-old Mangyan Lantod Gumiliu was recovered from the belly of a 7 m (c.23 ft) Reticulated Python on Mindoro, probably in January, 1998.
  • On October 23, 2008 a 25 year old Virginia Beach woman, Amanda Ruth Black, appeared to have been killed by a 13-foot pet reticulated python. The apparent cause of death was asphyxiation. The snake was later found in the bedroom in an agitated state.
  • On January 21, 2009 a 3 year old Las Vegas boy was wrapped by an 18-foot pet reticulated python, turning blue. The boy’s mother, who had been babysitting the python on behalf of a friend, rescued the toddler by gashing the python with a knife. The snake was killed by animal control officers
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