The Reticulated Python is widespread throughout much of Southeast Asia including the Indo-Australian Archipelago.
The countries of its distribution are Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, India (Nicobar Islands), Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam. The Reticulated Python is possibly extinct from East Timor.
The species is widely distributed, but the global population trend is unknown.
The Reticulated Python is hunted for skins. In most of its range it is also hunted for food and traditional medicine, and often kept as a pet. Being the world’s longest snake, it is also prosecuted out of fear.
■ Listed in Appendix II of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES, or Washington Convention).
■ Phylum Chordata – chordates
■ Class Reptilia – reptiles
■ Order Squamata – scaled reptiles
■ Family Pythonidae – pythons
■ Species Malayopython reticulatus – Reticulated Python