How to Draw a Reticulated Python

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Reticulated Python in 8 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

The images above represent how your finished drawing is going to look and the steps involved.

Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Reticulated Python.

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How to Draw a Reticulated Python - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: To start drawing the Reticulated Python, draw an egg shape for the head, but leave the back completely open for the rest of the body.

Step 2: Draw a small circle with a little line in the middle for the eye.

Step 3: Add a small curved line for the mouth at the front of the head.

Step 4: Now, draw several wavy lines going left, and then going right for the body of the Reticulated Python. This snake is the longest snake in the world…they can grow to be 15-20 feet long!

Step 5: Continue drawing the body as shown by drawing a line down, and then a curve around the bottom. Then add some more wavy lines above those to make the rest of the body as shown. The Reticulated Python uses it's strong muscles to squeeze their prey.

Step 6: Draw a long pointy tail that goes underneath the body.

Step 7: Now add several egg shapes in different sizes to make the pattern of the Python.

Step 8: Continue making the pattern of the Python by adding more egg shapes and curves along the body. You can use many colors for the pattern! It has a bright eye-catching pattern with big black strips and a blotchy pattern with grey, brown, and yellow.

Interesting Facts about Reticulated Pythons

Reticulated Pythons are a non-poisonous snake that squeezes their prey to death. They live in Southeast Asia, India, and the Philippians. A Reticulated Python hangs out mostly in trees and near water. They eat small animals like rats and monkeys. Reticulated Pythons are the longest snakes in the world. They can grow to 15-20 feet long! The Reticulated Python has a very bright and eye catching pattern to its skin, big black strips will make a blotchy pattern with grey, brown, black, and yellow markings. In any other place but the rainforest it really stands out. The rainforest is the Reticulated Python’s home. The snake requires temperatures between 80-92 degrees Fahrenheit to keep warm.

Did you know?

  • One of the biggest meals ever recorded for a Reticulated Python was a Sun Bear. The bear weighed 23 kilograms and the snake didn’t have to eat for 10 weeks!
  • Reticulated Pythons have their name because the pattern on their skin gives them a “divided” look. Reticulated means to divide or mark, or the build a network. The pattern is a complex network.
  • Weigh up to 350 lbs.
  • Females lay 15 to 80 eggs per nest.
  • Don’t attack humans normally, but will bite or constrict if scared.

Lesson Plan Note: Draw a simple outline of a Reticulated Python. Distribute copies to each student. Then show the class a large photo of the real snake. Have your students try to duplicate the complex pattern.

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