Prehistoric Pet of the week: Regal Pythons

It’s a new day Herpers and along with it we have this week’s new Prehistoric Pet of the week!  Meet Maximillion (as Katy calls him) our handsome Sunfire Reticulated Python.   What exactly does Reticulated mean?  Reticulated refers to the complex “net-like” color pattern they exclusively carry.  This makes them one fancy snake and a favorite among breeders.  Unfortunately, that’s not all they’re popular for.  This intricate pattern gene makes them one of the world’s most popular snakes used for skinning.  That’s right, those cool snake boots your local shoe shop carries is probably made from the skin of a reticulated python.

Adult Retics can grow to 22 ft. in length but normally average about 10–20 feet. Retics are also the world's longest snakes but are not the most heavily built making them one intimidating constrictor.  Max and his relatives have the largest geographic range of any other snake.  Although the reticulated python lives in rain forests, woodlands, and grasslands, it is also associated with rivers and is found in areas with nearby streams and lakes. An excellent swimmer, it has even been reported far out at sea causing it to colonize many small islands within its range.   Sounds like an interesting next choice pet?  Well prepare to have it for around 30 years, trumping any typical dog or cat lifespan.

Max has a very friendly personality!  He loves to hang out with the shop Pixie's ^O^ 

Although Retic hatchlings are favored in the hobby, don’t underestimate the growth ability.  They get very long, heavy and require much more space and care than basic snakes like ball pythons and corn snakes.  Like everything in the reptile kingdom, treat it with love and respect and it will treat you the same. 

Like Max? Stop on in the Prehistoric Pets shop and take Max home!  He’s got a great social personality (as you can tell) and a healthy appetite.  Max will make a great addition to any home, but don’t forget his brothers and sisters who are also for sale! ;D  We’ve got Retics of all sizes and pattern morphs, check out our selection at!



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