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Scrub python

scrub python (Simalia kinghorni)
Wooroonooran National Park, Queensland
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Simalia kinghorni - (Stull, 1933)
Pronunciation  SIM-ah-LEE-ah   KING-horn-ee
Etymology  Simalia: unknown.
kinghorni: "in honor of Mr. J. Roy Kinghorn, in recognition of his notable work on the Australian snakes."1
Other names  Amethystine python
Amethyst python
Australian scrub python
Liasis amethistina kinghorni
Morelia amethistina
Morelia kinghorni
Total length
Species avg: 350 cm
Species max: 500 cm
Clutch size
Average: 11
Range: 7 - 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. Stull, O.G. (1933). Two new subspecies of the family Boidae. Occasional Papers Of The Museum Of Zoology University Of Michigan, 267:1-4.
  2. Fearn, Simon (1998). A range extension for the scrub python Morelia amethistina (Serpentes: Boidae): a record from Magnetic Island, North Queensland. Herpetofauna, 28(2):39-40. - search web for this article
  3. Augusteyn, J. (2004). Southerly range extension for the Amethystine Python Morelia kinghorni (Squamata: Boidae) in Queensland. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum, 49(2):602-647.
  4. Fearn, S.; Schwarzkopf, L.; & Shine, Richard (2005). Giant snakes in tropical forests: a field study of the Australian scrub python, Morelia kinghorni. Wildlife Research, 32(2):193-201. - search web for this article

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