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A definitive and authoratative book on Australia's Reptiles and Frogs.  It is now available on CD-rom along with over 100 definitive reptile-related publications - It is a SPOTTED PYTHON Antaresia maculosus (Peters, 1873)
The Spotted Python is closely related to the Children's Python Antaresia childreni. The Spotted Python Antaresia maculosus is distinguishable by its different colour pattern and head morphology. Specimens up to 2 metres are known, but the average length is closer to about 80 cm. This species is known from coastal Queensland and nearby areas.
The scalation is smooth with 35-45 mid-body rows, 240-295 ventrals, single anal and 37-48 mainly divided subcaudals.
This ground-dwelling snake is almost invariably associated with rock outcrops, in which it lives, often in large numbers. A cave at Mount Etna, near Rockhampton, houses many thousands of Bent-winged Bats, which in turn supports a population of several hundred Spotted Pythons Antaresia maculosus, which feed on the bats.

Python Taxonomy (as of 2000).

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