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Liasis olivaceus olivaceus
This is an Olive Python (Liasis olivaceus olivaceus), and what a beautiful animal it is. Growing to almost 4 mtrs, this python is Australia’s second largest snake species. There is also another Olive Python sub species – the Pilbara Olive Python (Liasis olivaceus barroni) that is only found in the Pilbara region of WA. Its scale configuration is slightly different and the snakes grow slightly larger, with snakes up to 6.5 mtrs long being reported. Unfortunately, the Olive Python is occasionally confused with the venomous King Brown snake (Pseudechis australis), and killed as a consequence.
This specimen is a captive animal, but as a species they prefer rocky areas, gorges and especially rocky areas near sources of water. Typically, shelter is sought in caves and rock crevices, but individuals have also been found in hollow logs and in burrows under rocks.
Just happy to be out in the sun on a warm winters day. This specimen was well over 2 mtrs long. Very docile and well-mannered, and a really handsome snake.
Spotted on Jul 21, 2013
Submitted on Jul 23, 2013
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