Coiled reticulated pythonScientific name - Python reticulatus
Common name - reticulated python

Domain - Eukarya - Being eukaryotic, the reticulated python is like the other eukaryotes in that it contains a nucleus within a membrane-bound cell.

Kingdom - Animalia - Reticulated pythons are members of the kingdom animalia because they are motile and heterotrophic (do not produce their own food).

Phylum - Chordata - Because it is in the phylum chordata, at some point in its life Python reticulatus has a notocord (which gave rise to the backbone) a dorsal nerve cord (giving rise to the brain and spinal cord), pharyngeal gill slits, an endostyle, and a post-anal tail; all characteristics of the chordates.

- Reptilia - Being a reptile, Python reticulatus is cold blooded, and has a body that is covered in scales. Its embryos are also covered by an amniotic membrane.

- Squamata - The squamata consist of lizards and snakes. They are defined by their skin, which is comprised primarily of scales. A feature of the squamata which is found especially in the snakes is their ability to open their mouths very wide in order to consumer their prey.

- Pythonidae - Being a member of the pythonidae means that Python reticulatus is non-venomous. The family pythonidae consists of some of the largest snakes in the world, including the reticulated python, which competes with the green anaconda for the title of world's longest snake.

- Python - The genus Python consists of 7 species of non-venomous snakes. They are: Python anchietae, Python curtus, Python molurus, Python regius, Python sebae, Python timoriensis, and of course, Python reticulatus.

- Python reticulatus - Python reticulatus is the scientific name of the species, and refers to the reticulated patterns which occur on the python's skin.

Phylogenetic Tree

Phylogenetic Tree
*Xenophidia is a superfamily consisting of Atractaspididae, Colubridae, Elapidae, Hydrophiidae, and Viperidae

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