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AUSTRALIAN WATER PYTHON

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BROWN WATER PYTHON

Liasis fuscus

(was Liasis mackloti fuscus)

Distribution:-  Northern areas of Australia

Comments:- Usually grows to about 2 to 2.5 Metres (6 -8 ft.)

Brown Water Pyton Liasis mackloti fuscus
Brown Water Pyton Liasis mackloti fuscus map
Note that the accuracy of this map in Western Qld and Western Australia is uncertain.

Brown Water Pyton Liasis mackloti fuscus
Water Python Crossing the road in Northern Territory Australia

Brown Water Pyton Liasis mackloti fuscus
Water Python Laying eggs

There seemed to be some uncertainty as to whether this is a full species or sub species of Liasis mackloti. Liasis fuscus is also found in New Guinea. The Water Python is extremely common in some areas and although often kept as a pet, some are snappy (particularly babies). Water Pythons are a semi aquatic species, they can live comfortably out of water.

Note that the Water Pythons 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 those from NT and those from Qld.

Note that there seem to be very little information about records from Western Australia.

Water Pythons usually lay between 11 to 19 eggs.

 

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