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"Python curtus breitensteini"

Python curtus breitensteini. (2009, December 24). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 07:06, January 5, 2010, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Python_curtus_breitensteini&oldid=333795893

Python curtus breitensteini is a non-venomous python subspecies[2] found mostly on the island of Borneo.

Adults have been reported to attain a length of 2.1 m (7 feet), although they are usually no more than 1.2 m (4 feet). Heavy-bodied, they can weigh as much as 13.6 kg (30 lb). Females are generally larger than males. The head is broad with several thermoreceptive pits along the nose. The tail is short and tapering.

The color pattern is usually tan with brown blotching, which varies greatly. Though there have been no reported instances of albinism, a few individuals display a significantly lighter color, appearing more yellow than brown. Juveniles have a more contrasting pattern than adults. The head is usually yellow.

Found mostly in Indonesia and Malaysia, on the island of Borneo, they also have been recorded in Singapore. Has also been found on Sumatra, Bangka Island and others islands in the Strait of Malacca, including the Lingga Island, the Riau Islands, and Bintan.

The type locality given is "Teweh, Borneo."[1]

Typically found at lower elevations, on poorly drained flood plains, or on the edges of swampy areas. Man-made irrigation of farmland has also provided appropriate habitat.

While the species as a whole generally has a reputation for being mean-tempered, this subspecies is increasing in popularity among reptile enthusiasts. This is due to captive bred specimens being recognized as easier to handle than wild-caught snakes. Almost all of the early imported animals were animals that were originally caught for the skin trade.

Elevated to a full species by Keogh, Barker and Shine (2001).[3]

Python curtus breitensteini. (2009, December 24). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 07:06, January 5, 2010, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Python_curtus_breitensteini&oldid=333795893

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