The type locality is near Barrow Creek in the NT. It is the same species described by Smith in 1995 and called stimsoni. However the race from this part of the NT was called 'stimsoni orientalis' by Smith. It is herein regarded as a junior synonym of the nominate species 'saxacola'. This snake is separated from others in the genus by its distinct pattern of bold blotches or bars and a white ventro-lateral stripe along the anterior part of the body. The nominate subspecies, saxacola is believed to be restricted to central Australia and adjacent areas.
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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