A 14 year old female python has found her new home at The National Aquarium, Al Qana
Super snake is Abu Dhabi’s newest resident who is a 14 year old reticulated python. She weighs in at 115kg and when measured, 12 people need to hold her at full length. We are talking about, what is to be believed , the largest living snake on display in the world!
Super snake is a 7 metre reticulated python and The National Aquarium at Al Qana in Abu Dhabi is her new home. She will live in the flooded forest zone along with more than 8,000 fascinating rainforest creatures. Native to South and Southeast Asia, the reticulated python is the world’s largest snake. They can grow to be over 5 meters long in the wild, with the largest every recorded at 10 meters.
Although this species is non-venomous, they kill prey by wrapping themselves around them and constricting tighter as the victim exhales. Their jaws stretch because of flexible ligaments allowing them to swallow the whole prey. Although attacks on humans are not common, several fatalities have been reported.
Considering their incredible size, a full-grown reticulated python can open its jaws wide enough to swallow a small person. There have been numerous reports of people being eaten by reticulated pythons, particularly on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi and Super Snake is of similar size to these reported man-eaters.
The UAE’s new Super Snake, on the other hand, was born in a Los Angeles captive breeding program. She has grown accustomed to human contact during her 14 years as a private specimen. Visitors will soon be able to come and meet Super Snake at The National Aquarium, to experience taking in her smooth scales, witnessing her intricate patterns, and having a first look at the massive size of this miracle of nature.
While Super Snake is a captive bred animal, we as her caretakers still need to be vigilant and cautious around her. Just watching her relax in her lush, tropical inspired habitat is mesmerizing. The sheer size and beauty of Super Snake is going to make her the strongest representative of our Flooded Forest collection.