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  Spotted Python (Antaresia maculosa)





Spotted Python | Antaresia maculosa photo
Spotted python (Antaresia maculosa). Taken at Theodore, Queensland, Australia

Image by Stewart Macdonald (Smacdonald) - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



SPOTTED PYTHON FACTS

Description
Spotted pythons are sometimes sold in the reptile pet trade. This snake has an irregular, blotched pattern. The background colour is cream to yellowish brown with ragged-edged blotches of dark brown that merge to form wavy streaks. The blotches have ragged edges because the dark colour occurs only in complete scales

Size
100-140 cm

Habitat
most types of habitats but prefers rocky hillsides and outcrops with crevices and caves.

Food
small mammals including insectivorous bats that it catches at the entrance of their caves, also small birds and reptiles

Breeding
It is an egg layer that has up to 15 eggs.

Range
northern Australia



Classification
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata (Serpentes)
Family:Boidae
Genus:Antaresia
Species:maculosa
Common Name:Spotted Python

Relatives in same Genus
  Children's python (A. childreni)
  Pygmy python (A. perthensis)
  Stimson's Python (A. stimsoni)