Reticulated python headThe reticulated python exhibits a number of adaptations that have helped it survive and which set it apart from the other species. Some of these adaptations include its jaws, size, skin pattern, and method for killing prey.

The reticulated python's size alone makes it a threat to very large organisms, and also enables it to consume larger prey. The reticulated python attacks its prey by biting it quickly, and pulling it into its' grasp. Once entangled, the creature has little chance of survival, as the python carefully coils itself around the prey and begins to constrict it, or tighten itself. This usually does not break any bones in the prey animal, but rather causes the animal to lose breath and eventually suffocate.

The reticulated python's coloration or skin pattern also has aided in its survival. It is colored much like its surroundings, and can blend into  low lying and aquatic environments very well.

Possibly the coolest adaptation this species exhibits is its ability to unhinge its jaw and consume its prey completely whole. Its skin is also very stretchable, which allows it to compensate for consuming such large prey items. 

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