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Water python

water python (Liasis fuscus)
Fogg Dam, Northern Territory
Photo © Stewart Macdonald
Liasis fuscus - Peters, 1873
Pronunciation  lee-AH-sis   FUSS-kus
Etymology  Liasis: possibly from 'lias', a type of blue limestone. Possibly just a made-up name.1 Possibly derived from a fossil region, The Lias, in Dorset, UK.
fuscus: 'dusky'.
Other names  Yellow-bellied python
Liasis mackloti
Nardoa crassa
Total length
Species avg: 250 cm
Species max: 300 cm
Clutch size
Average: 10
Range: 10 - 19
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


  1. Storr, G. M.; Smith, L. A.; & Johnstone, R. E. (2002). Snakes of Western Australia. Western Australian Museum. 309 - search web for this book
  2. Rawlings, L.H.; Barker, D.; & Donnellan, S.C. (2004). Phylogenetic relationships of the Australo-Papuan Liasis pythons (Reptilia: Macrostomata), based on mitochondrial DNA. Australian Journal of Zoology, 52(2):215. - search web for this article

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