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Children's Python
Antaresia childreni (Gray, 1842)

Type locality is not known, but presumed to be somewhere in tropical northern Australia.

This species is the 'Children's Python' from tropical northern Australia. There are at least three different regional races, including those from the Kimberley Ranges, the hill country of the Northern Territory including around Katherine, which shares affinities with the Kimberley animals and the lowlands area near Darwin where the animals have a distinctly different appearance. Gray published two descriptions at the same time, namely Liasis childreni from unknown locality (presumed to be in Queensland) (refer to Smith 1985) and Nardoa gilberti, later made synonymous from Port Essington in the NT. A. childreni is separated from others in the genus by it's pattern not being bold, or if so, less than is usually seen in A. saxacola (except perhaps A. saxacola campbelli (see below) which while distinctly patterned is not as bold as other A. saxacola). A. childreni is separated from A. perthensis by it's larger average adult size and having 37 or more mid body rows.

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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