The reticulated python after captive breeding is considered to be a gentle, very intelligent retic. It is a large, iridescent snake that has mesmerized thousands around the world.
Origin: Asia, tropics
Experience: Not for beginner
With combination of size and temperament, it is not recommended for a beginner. Retics have been known to be more aggressive, strike easier because of being food eager, and must be handled often. No animal is at fault for being easily spooked. Continue to handle and the retic will become calmer, and a wonderful pet.
Captive Availability: High, year round
Captive Variety : 200+ varieties
Morphs: Sunfire, Clown, Albino
Adult Size: 10-20 feet, exceptional sizes up to 32 feet. ( Python reticulatus jampeanus 10-12 feet )
Life span: 15-20 years
Caging: Because of their size, stronghold cages are required. Waterproof materials should be used if building your own to aid in sterilization. Hiding spots are essential. Cage size minimum is 6 x 3 x 3 (feet) for an adult.
Substrate: Newspaper, aspen
Temperature: 76 F – 90 F hotspot, nighttime drop no lower than 73 F. 65% humidity, most commonly recommended.
Food: Mice, guinea, rabbit
Live food is preferred, you may be able to train for frozen/thawed food after continuous introduction. Do not overfeed as this will cause health problems (with any snake). Feed approximately 1 time a week. As the snake grows, you will need to move out to 7-10 days. Consider the size of the thickets part of the body when determining prey. Do not handle for at least 24 hours after feeding.
Water: Clean water always needed, dish doesn’t need to be large enough to soak in.
Strike: Retics are common to look for food constantly, and best to acclimate handling by showing it is not being fed. Consider tap training your snake (tapping lightly with a soft object on the head when handling) to help the snake identify handling versus feeding time.