AUSTRALIAN REPTILE PHOTOS AND INFORMATION
Covering Australian Snakes and Lizards, Crocodiles and Turtles
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AUSTRALIAN WATER PYTHON
BROWN WATER PYTHON
(was Liasis mackloti fuscus)
Distribution:- Northern areas of Australia as well as New Guinea
Comments:- Usually grows to about 2 to 2.5 Metres (6 -8 ft.)
Notice the beautiful sheen which is often seen on the Australian Water Python (Liasis fuscus)
Note that the accuracy of this map in Western Qld and Western Australia is uncertain, and the Water Python (Liasis fuscus) also occurs in New Guinea
Water Python (Liasis fuscus) crossing the road in Northern Territory Australia
Water Python (Liasis fuscus) laying eggs
There seems to be some uncertainty as to whether this is a full species or sub species of Liasis mackloti.Water Pythons (Liasis fuscus) are also found in New Guinea. The Water Python (Liasis fuscus) is extremely common in some areas and although often kept
as a pet in Australia, some are snappy (particularly babies). Water Pythons (Liasis fuscus) are a semi aquatic species, however they can live comfortably out of water.
Note that the Water Pythons (Liasis fuscus) occurring in Qld are apparently more closely related to New Guinea Water pythons than they are to those from NT. According to Mark O'Shea "the eastern clade (Queensland and New Guinea) might be known as L. fuscus and the western clade (NT and Indonesia) could warrant the name L. mackloti."
Apparently these species/subspecies can be differentiated by scale counts, however I am not aware of any obvious noticeable differences between Water Pythons (Liasis fuscus) from NT and those from Qld.
Note that there seem to be very little information about records from Western Australia.
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