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The reticulated python, who lives in Chester Zoo, had her eyes covered to keep her calm as she was checked over.
These snakes feed on rodents,
small mammals and birds, while larger specimens have been known to eat
small primates and pigs – and even reportedly humans.
They have sharp teeth which they use to hold their prey before crushing and suffocating them with their body.
Female reticulated pythons are capable of laying between 60 and 100 eggs at a time, which take between 70 -90 days to hatch.
Long load: Chester Zoo staff carry Bali the 22ft python to a health check
Curator of lower Vertebrates and Invertebrates
Richard Gibson soothes Bali ahead of her visit to the doctor
Slippery customer: An agitated Bali bears her
Big day for Bali: The snake's eyes were covered
to keep her calm (left) and its easy to see why (right) as a keeper
deflects her attentions with a rubbish bin lid
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