Interactions with Other Species

Python reticulatus     Reticulated pythons usually have predatory relationships with other animals in their habitat, their diet consisting of small mammals to large mammals and birds. Reticulated pythons have also been reported to (very seldom) eat some humans!!

    The reticulated python is a tertiary or third level consumer. This means that the species eats secondary consumers, which are organisms that eat primary consumers. Primary consumers are the organisms that eat primary producers such as plants.

    The reticulated python's greatest threat is primarily humans, as their skin is used in the making of leather products such as purses, belts, shoes and vests. Their meat is also used as food. Many pythons are also captured in the wild, then sold as pets, or put in zoos. Because of their large size, they are also sought after by the circuses.

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