Lady Luck Brings Me a Python

18 Dec

When I came to Bangkok, my biggest herping goal was to find a Reticulated Python. My friends had a python come into their room in the slum, so I knew it was possible! Getting to see the world’s longest snake “in the wild” was something I really wanted to make happen.

From the first day I moved into our place near Oh Nut, I knew I should take a look at a nearby canal:

Canal in Bangkok with pythons

I had a slim hope that the water-loving reticulated pythons might travel up the canal occasionally. So one day I roped my wife and two friends into taking a walk over there. Really, finding a python on a walk along a canal is extremely unlikely, so I shouldn’t have had any expectations. But less than two minutes after we got there my wife exclaimed, “Look Jon! There’s a really cool snake in the tree!” And sure enough…our first python.

Juvenile reticulated python (Python reticulatus) in tree in Bangkok

Juvenile reticulated python (Python reticulatus) in tree in Bangkok

I gently took him down from the tree branch to give everyone a closer look. It was only about a meter long, a real youngster. The snake was a bit ornery (and one of my friends was a bit afraid of snakes), so I did my best demonstration of how to hold a snake appropriately without the snake being hurt or me getting bit. It worked out okay.

Reticulated Python  10-25-2010 Phra Khanong

Juvenile Reticulated Python (Python reticulatus) in Bangkok, Thailand

I’ve found much larger pythons since then, and seen them in more natural settings, but I don’t know if I’ll ever top the excitement (and luck!) of finding that first one. May you have good luck in your own herp searches.


Posted by on December 18, 2013 in Herping adventures


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2 responses to “Lady Luck Brings Me a Python

  1. Laszlo

    September 22, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    You’ve found other pythons in Bangkok?? I’d love to know where.

    • Asian Herp Blogs

      September 24, 2014 at 12:16 pm

      I won’t give exact locations, but the best bet is to do what I did. Look around the canals – that’s what they’re traveling via.


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