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Children's python

Children's python (Antaresia childreni)
Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory
Photo © Stewart Macdonald
Antaresia childreni - (Gray, 1842)
Pronunciation  ann-tahr-EE-zee-ah   CHILL-dren-ee
Etymology  Antaresia: after the star Antares in the tail of the constellation Scorpius.
childreni: after John George Children (an English naturalist responsible for the zoological collection at the British Museum in the first half of the 19th century), not because they make good children's pets.
Other names  Northern brown python
Liasis childreni
Bothrochilus childreni
Total length
Species avg: 70 cm
Species max: 127 cm
Clutch size
Average: 7
Range: 4 - 12
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


North-west Queensland, across the top part of the Northern Territory, across into the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

Found in the following Australian states/territories

Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia


Rocky outcrops, hills, escarpments, caves, dry forests.

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