THE REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA

AUSTRALIAN REPTILE PHOTOS, DISTRIBUTION MAPS AND INFORMATION
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CHILDREN'S PYTHON
Antaresia childreni

CHILDREN'S PYTHON Antaresia childreni

CHILDREN'S PYTHON Antaresia childreni
Photo ©2014 John Fowler and Rachel Barnes

The Childrens Python grows to about 1m. Pattern may fade considerably as the snake grows and some individuals may have no pattern as adults

The Childrens Python A. childreni, Spotted Python A. maculosa and the Stimson's Python A. stimsoni were at one stage all classed as A. childreni and called "Childrens Pythons"

Because many Spotted Pythons in particular were sold in the Pet Trade for many years as Childrens Pythons, and fauna authorities were slow to recognise the species change, this has caused a lot of confusion to the layman. It also has meant that there are hybrids being sold as "pure" species in error. Also it appears thet there may be naturally occurring hybrids in some areas. Added to this the patterns of Stimsons Python and Childrens Python vary considerably in some areas, making positive identificaton difficult in some snakes, especially juveniles.





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May 9, 2014