Timor Python

Timor Python Malayopython timoriensis

Type of Animal:

Open forest, grassland

Timor, Flores, Lombien, & a few other Lesser Sunda Islands

Greenish brown w/ dark brown pattern from head to middle before becoming complete brown, often has yellow-orange diamond shapes on it, yellowish on sides/head, head wider than neck

Small mammals, birds, small reptiles

Status in Wild:

Breeding in zoos, wildlife centers, & herpetoculture


Additional Info:

Young: Snakelet
Group: Solitary

Male: 12-15 lbs
Female: 18-20 lbs
2.5 months

Life Span:
20 years

Body Length:
Male: 5-7 ft
Female: 7-8 ft
Young: 2 ft

Tail Length:
2 ft, same for both sexes

These snakes are semi-arboreal.
One of only 2 species in genus Malayopython-other being the giant Reticulated Python.
Females help regulate egg temps through shiver movements.
Clutches usually have 5-10 eggs.
Sexually mature at 3-4 years old.
1st shed occurs at around 12 days old.
Adults shed every 2 months & like most snakes, shed in 1 piece.
Also known as Lesser Sundas Python.
Not a very common species in captivity.
Most active at night.
Like all pythons, they kill prey by constricting/swallowing whole.
Most often catch prey by ambush.
These snakes very secretive in wild & not much is known about them.

Fun Fact(s):
These pythons are very shy, nervous, & high-strung.
Common defense mechanisms are striking, defecating, & biting threat.
Timor Python, Brookfield Zoo, taken by me

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