Antaresia maculosa

Antaresia maculosa

Antaresia maculosa

(Spotted Python)

FAMILY

Pythonidae

Species

Antaresia maculosus

Common name

Spotted Python

Main colour

Brown

Body size

To 100 cm long

Campus

Cairns, Townsville

Description

This snake is found in open forest and woodland, it is rarely dangerous unless trapped. It preys on small birds, mammals and other reptiles. The body is shiny, light brown with dark brown irregular markings, which may appear as blotches, belly is greyish or cream. This species is one of a complex and until recently was also known as “Children’s python”, however this name is now more commonly applied to a western species in this complex (Antaresia childreni).