The largest reticulated python on record (dubbed "Colossus") lived at the Pittsburgh Zoo in the 1950s, and was measured at 28.5 feet long. Unconfirmed wild animals reportedly reach 30 feet or more. Although reticulated pythons are the longest snakes, they are not the most heavily built. That honor goes to the anaconda. Their color and pattern can vary along their range, most commonly being a brownish color and having a diamond-shaped pattern along their back.
The python eats mostly mammals and birds. Smaller specimens eat mostly rats, while the largest can wolf down creatures the size of pigs or larger. There have even been a few recorded cases of human fatality, the most recent of these occuring in 2008.
The python, after seizing its prey, wraps its body around the victim and squeezes, crushing harder every time the prey exhales. Soon the victim suffocates, and thn the python eats it head-first.
Reticulated pythons are becoming increasingly popular in captivity despite their size and agression. Several color morphs have been produced, increasing the demand even further.