Largest snakes in the world
Reticulated python: Python reticulatus
Burmese python: Python Bivittatus
These giant snakes are not recommended as pets for anyone but the most experienced keepers. They are often purchased from breeders as tiny babies by people that have not researched their long term needs and size potential. Some of these giants can grow to more than 20 feet long.
Special permits may be required in some areas for private individuals to keep these large constrictors as pets and many cities have size restrictions prohibiting any snake over 6 feet.
Here at Snake Haus we tend to agree that permits should be required for these animals because we have seen first hand the sad effects that poor husbandry and inadequate housing can have on these majestic giants. They are often left neglected in horrible conditions because their owner was not prepared for their size and needs.
With the proper training and tools these animals can make safe rewarding pets but they are NOT for the faint of heart and MUST BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY.
Retics vs Burms
The reticulated and Burmese pythons are two of the largest snake species in the world and co-habitate in the same native environments. Despite this they are very different. The retics tend to be long and lean while the burms are very stocky. The retics are more active and reactive. The burms like to watch and wait. The retics have the greater size potential long term. A female retic will ultimately outgrow a female burm, bit it will take her longer to reach that giant size than the burm.
Go to the Size Matters page to read learn about measuring and handling these giant snakes.
Watch our “True Giants” lecture in the Education pages for more on this topic.
Lets meet the Snake Haus Giants!
Click on the names below to learn about each of them.
Pure Kalaotoa SDs
Normal Burmese Pythons
Albino Burmese pythons
The Anacondas are true giants, for sure, but they are quite different than the other species included on this page. The Anaconda is a boa! Go to the Anaconda pages to learn more about them and how they differ from the large pythons.