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

Note that Stimsons Pythons (Antaresia stimsoni) are likely to revert back to being called Antaresia childreni in the near future
( Paper is currently being peer reviewed)

CHILDREN'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 LIGHT 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, it 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 STATUS UNCERTAIN - likely to revert back to Antaresia childreni

NSW, NT, Qld, SA, WA



Click here to see photos of Children's Pythons (Antaresia childreni) at flickr

Click here to see photos of Children's Pythons (Antaresia childreni) at flickr


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