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Olive python

olive python (Liasis olivaceus)
Kununurra, Western Australia
Photo © Stephen Zozaya
Liasis olivaceus - Gray, 1842
Pronunciation  lee-AH-sis   OLL-iv-AH-say-uss
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.
olivaceus: 'olive-coloured'.
Other names   
Total length
Species avg: 200 cm
Species max: 650 cm
Clutch size
Average: 16
Range: 11 - 21
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


Drier parts of northern Australia.

Liasis olivaceus olivaceus - northern Australia
Liasis olivaceus barroni- Pilbara region of Western Australia

Found in the following Australian states/territories

Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia


Often found around water at the bottom of gorges.

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