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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 STIMSON'S PYTHON Antaresia saxacola Wells and Wellingon, 1985
In many texts this snake is identified as A. stimsoni, this name being a junior synonym to A. saxacola.
istinguishable from other small python species by its' well defined pattern and distinctive elongated head, this snake is found throughout most parts of Australia, except for the far north, east and south coastal regions.
The scalation is smooth with 39-47 mid body rows, 260-302 ventrals, single anal, and 40-53 mainly divided subcaudals.
This snake is commonly aggressive in temperament, with captive specimens often failing to settle down, even after several years in captivity. In the wild specimens are found in all types of habitat but most are found in rocky areas, although in the Pilbara and parts of the Northern Territory large numbers occupy large termite mounds.
This mainly nocturnal snake feeds on vertebrates. About 10 eggs are laid in spring or early summer which hatch about seventy days later. Hatchlings measure 25 cm.

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