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HOLOTYPE: A specimen in the Australian Museum, Sydney, number R69087 from Wilcannia, NSW, Lat. 31° 34' Long. 143° 23'. Photos of this species in life can be found in Cogger (1992), page 609 from the same area (Wilcannia, NSW).

DIAGNOSIS: This subspecies occurs in Far Western NSW and the nearby parts of South Australia and also nearby parts of western Queensland. The distribution broadly parallels that of other reptiles known from the Murray-Darling Basin (and adjacent areas) including the Murray/Darling Carpet Snake, namely Morelia metcalfei. A. s. campbelli is separated from the other subspecies by distribution. A. s. campbelli is also distinguished from other A. stimsoni by it's softer reddish and less contrasting colour with finer patterning. The head is also a different shape. The snout has a less box-like anterior of the snout when compared with other A. stimsoni.

Ehmann (1992) describes this subspecies as having a 'very robust body', but I am uncertain if this is any more so in this form than for the other subspecies. Kend (1997) also regards A. s. campbelli as a distinct subspecies. In line with all A. saxacola these snakes are usually found in rocky habitats. People in Sydney have kept this subspecies for many years without problem.

This author hereby proposes the common name 'South-eastern Rock Python' with reference to its geographical range and preferred habitat.

ETYMOLOGY: Named after the Independent Member for the Australian House of Representatives, Graeme Campbell. Like Richard Jones (see previous), Graeme Campbell was unusual among Australian politicians in that he had possessed the traits of honesty and integrity. It therefore wasn't surprising that he was forced out of the Australian Labor Party (ALP).

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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