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Oenpelli python

Oenpelli python (Simalia oenpelliensis)
Arnhem Escarpment, Northern Territory
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Simalia oenpelliensis - (Gow, 1977)
Pronunciation  SIM-ah-LEE-ah   OWE-en-pell-ee-EN-siss
Etymology  Simalia: unknown.
oenpelliensis: 'from Oenpelli'.
Other names  Oenpelli rock python
Python oenpelliensis
Morelia oenpelliensis
Total length
Species avg: 350 cm
Species max: 430 cm
Clutch size
Average: 10
Length and clutch size information comes from a variety of sources, but primarily from Shine (1991) and Cogger (2000).
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Light brown to fawn on top, paler on sides, with irregular darker blotches.

Similar species

Taxonomic notes

Moved from Morelia to Simalia.
The relationship of S. oenpelliensis to other python species is still unresolved, with analysis of different genes suggesting different relationships (summarised in Barker et al. 2015). Its placement within Similia is tentative pending more in-depth genetic analysis.

Scale count information

Dorsal scales at midbody   69 to 70
Ventrals   429 to 455 with a single anal scale
Subcaudals   145 to 163 and are divided
Other scale information  
Danger rating   Non-venomous. Not considered dangerous, but can still bite.
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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