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Python reticulatus
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata
Suborder:Serpentes
Family:Pythonidae
Genus:Python
Species:P. reticulatus
Binomial name
Python reticulatus

With a maximum recorded length of over 10 metres (32 ft. 9 1/2 in.), the Reticulated Python (Python reticulatus) is the longest existing snake species. It is slender and long, and therefore not the largest: the Green Anaconda is roughly twice as heavy at the same length. Those who work with reticulated pythons often cite an unusual level of intelligence and awareness compared to other species.

Although their interactivity and beauty draws much attention, some feel they are unpredictable. Attacks are rare, but the species has been responsible for several human fatalities in both the wild and captivity. Reptile enthusiasts are quick to note, however, that there are far more human deaths each year caused by dogs than by large constrictors.

Inexperienced owners can enable snake escapes, sometimes causing injury to the owners themselves, other pets, and people living nearby. For the health and safety of both the snake and humans, reticulated pythons should only be kept by experienced keepers equipped to handle large constrictors. Because feeding the snakes is particularly hazardous, a second person should be available during this time to assist in any emergency or call for help.

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nl:Netpython

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