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Pygmy python

pygmy python (Antaresia perthensis)
Tom Price region, Western Australia
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Antaresia perthensis - (Stull, 1932)
Pronunciation  ann-tahr-EE-zee-ah   perth-ENN-siss
Etymology  Antaresia: after the star Antares in the tail of the constellation Scorpius.
perthensis: 'from Perth'. The original specimen of this species was mistakenly thought to have come from Perth.
Other names  Ant hill python
Liasis perthensis 
Total length
Species avg: 40 cm
Species max: 60 cm
Clutch size
Average: 5
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 Western Australia, in the Pilbara, Gascoyne and Murchison regions.

Found in the following Australian states/territories

Western Australia


Rocky areas and scrublands.

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