Reticulated python examination

The California Academy of Sciences in the USA says about this video:

An 18-foot 150-pound female Bali yellow-head reticulated python (Python reticulatus) gets a physical exam by the Academy’s resident veterinarian and team of biologists. These snakes originate in Southeast Asia and feed on birds, lizards and mammals.

Thelma, an 11-year-old reticulated python – the longest species of snake in the world – laid 61 eggs in the summer of 2012. This is despite having had no contact with a male in her four years at Louisville Zoo in Kentucky, USA: here.

Trading in skins of the reticulated python is such a lucrative business that illegal exports are rising sharply and existing trade restrictions are being circumvented on a large scale. This is endangering the stability of populations. Therefore, researchers are developing genetic methods for tracking down individual origins and potential trade routes of the skins: here.

8 thoughts on “Reticulated python examination

  1. Britain:

    Suffolk police call off snake hunt

    Ipswich: A missing boa constrictor that sparked a police hunt was found at its owner’s home today.

    The 7.5ft female snake, named Diva, went missing from its owner’s home in Ipswich, leading police to warn parents to keep their children indoors, saying the snake had not been fed for three weeks.

    But the snake was found safe and well after being tempted out from under the sink with a dead rat.


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