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Reticulated Pythons

Originally from Singapore, these two Reticulated Pythons were presented to the museum in 1905 by Paul Ponsole of Fitzgerald Brothers’ Circus. The specimens were on display for many years in the McCoy Hall at the museum’s Swanston Street location.

Reticulated Pythons grow to become the longest snakes in the world—some individuals reach 10 metres in length. They live near water among rainforests and woodlands throughout much of South-East Asia. They are active at night, and large Reticulated Pythons typically feed on a variety of birds and mammals, including wild pigs, monkeys and small deer. These are not venomous snakes; they kill their prey by squeezing it with their muscular body coils.

Reticulated Pythons (Python reticulatus)
 Reticulated Pythons (Python reticulatus)

 Reticulated Pythons (Python reticulatus)

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Reticulated Pythons (Python reticulatus)
Registration No. Sibyl 20478
Image source: Museum Victoria

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