Zoo Animals


Reticulated python

Malayopython reticulatus

At the Detroit Zoo

The Detroit Zoo is home to a male reticulated python. It was confiscated at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport in a piece of luggage that originated from Asia.  The python spends his time in the pool inside his habitat at the Holden Reptile Conservation Center and seems to prefer eating rodents.


It is the longest snake species in the world, averaging around 22 feet and reaching up to 30 feet. A black criss-cross pattern runs the length of the python’s gray, brown and tan body, giving it the reticulated name. The snake’s coloring contributes to its ability for camouflage to elude predators and conceal itself from potential prey.


Fun Facts

  • The reticulated python is a “constrictor”; it uses its large, strong body to constrict and then suffocate its prey.