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CHILDREN'S PYTHON
(often incorrectly called a Child's Python)
Antaresia childreni
CHILDREN'S PYTHON Antaresia childreni

CHILDREN'S PYTHON Antaresia childreni
Approximate distribution of Children's Python Antaresia childreni is shown in Green

The Children's Python grows to about 1 metre (3ft) long. Pattern may fade considerably as the snake grows and some individuals may have no pattern as adults

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

Because many Spotted Pythons Antaresia maculosa in particular were sold in the Pet Trade for many years as Children's 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 that there may be naturally occurring hybrids in some areas. Added to this the patterns of Spotted Python Antaresia maculosa and Children's Python Antaresia childreni vary considerably in some areas, making positive identification difficult in some snakes, especially juveniles.

Similar species listed below

COMMON NAME

SCIENTIFIC NAME

Distribution

Children's Python

Antaresia childreni

NT, Qld, WA

Spotted Python

Antaresia maculosa

Qld, NSW, New Guinea

Pygmy Python

Antaresia perthensis

WA

Stimson's Python

Antaresia stimsoni

NSW, NT, Qld, SA, WA


LINKS OF INTEREST

Click here for a complete list of Australian Pythons

INFORMATION ABOUT AUSTRALIAN PYTHONS
Australianherpetology.com

PYTHON SPECIES OF THE WORLD
by John Fowler

BOA SPECIES OF THE WORLD
by John Fowler

Complete Carpet Python, A Comprehensive Guide to the Natural History, Care, and Breeding of the 'Morelia spilota' Complex

OTHER LINKS

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Updated April 17, 2019

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