ROR: World’s Smallest Reticulated Pythons

Feb 14, 2020
by Editor in Chief

YouTube - Known by reptile enthusiasts as “super dwarves,” there exists a remote island chain in the Flores Sea where reticulated pythons, typically one of the world’s largest snakes, have shrunken over the ages to take advantage of one of the harshest environments on the planet–an exposed coral reef that offers very little in the way of food, shelter, or fresh water. For this pygmy race, being “very little” it turns out, was the key to these adaptable animals’ survival, with adult animals weighing just a few pounds, whereas their mainland counterparts can weigh hundreds. Rarest of these super dwarves are the Karompa Island retics, whose wild home is only the size of New York’s Central Park, and of whom only five adult animals are known to exist in the US.

Watch this episode of Reach Out Reptiles as the first ever US captive bred Karompa Island retics take their very first breaths, and Garrett Hartle and the crew at Reach Out Reptiles become the very first Americans to ever lay eyes on a fresh hatching Karompa.

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