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Ant-Hill Python
Antaresia perthensis (Stull, 1932)

Type locality was erroneously given as Perth, WA. It seems that these snakes are actually confined to the Pilbara and immediately adjacent areas of WA. This is probably the smallest species of python in the world and is separated from other Antaresia by having less than 37 mid body rows and 250 or less ventrals. The species usually has a distinct reddish tinge. Juveniles usually have a distinct pattern which tends to fade with age. Some adults become an even brick-red in colour. These snakes are usually sympatric with A. saxacola in the wild. No hybridisation is known.

Refer to Hoser (1992, 1995 and 1999c) for further details.

The above was from the paper - A revision of the Australiasian Pythons.
(Originally published in Ophidia Review 1(1) in "Autumn" 2000 - (Publication date: October 2000), pp. 7-27).

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