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Spotted python

spotted python (Antaresia maculosa)
Cracow, Queensland
Photo © Stewart Macdonald
Antaresia maculosa - (Peters, 1873)
Pronunciation  ann-tahr-EE-zee-ah   MACK-ule-OH-sah
Etymology  Antaresia: after the star Antares in the tail of the constellation Scorpius.
maculosa: 'spotted'.
Other names  Eastern Small-blotched Python
Liasis maculosus 
Total length
Species avg: 75 cm
Species max: 103 cm
Clutch size
Average: 13
Range: 4 - 16
Length and clutch size information comes from a variety of sources, but primarily from Shine (1991) and Cogger (2000).
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos


Pattern is usually quite distinct. Has ragged-edged, irregular blotches on back.
Heat pits are present on lower labial scales, but there are no rostral heat pits.

Similar species

Children's python (Antaresia childreni) - weaker pattern; smooth-edged, circular dark blotches on back.
Stimson's python (Antaresia stimsoni) - tends to have greater contrast between ground colour and pattern; pale stripe running down side of neck.

Scale count information

Dorsal scales at midbody   35 to 45
Ventrals   245 to 290 with a single anal scale
Subcaudals   30 to 45 and are divided
Other scale information   Head scales enlarged and symmetrical.
Danger rating   Non-venomous. Not considered dangerous.
Note: even a bite from a 'virtually harmless' or non-venomous reptile can result in serious complications. Play it safe and don't get bitten by anything.
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