What do they look like? The Olive Python usually grows to between 8 and 12 feet (two and a half to four meters) long, and its head is well defined. The skin is fairly loose with a uniform green to brown coloration. Shades range from olive green to chocolate brown, and the underside of Olive Pythons is usually creamy in color. The lips are also creamy white, and often have brown or light gray freckles. The scales of Olive Pythons are usually very fine or small, and although most captive bred snakes achieve a thick girth, many wild caught specimens are rather lean.
Where do they live? One of the largest pythons found in northern Australia, the Olive Python has a monsoonal western range. Usually these snakes are found in arid rocky areas west of the Great Divide. They are well known in Western Australia, where they range down the coast.
What do they eat? Adept swimmers, the pythons utilise water holes to hunt. Their diet includes rock wallabies, fruit bats, ducks and Spinifex pigeons. Prey is captured by ambush on animal trails or by striking from a submerged position in waterholes.
Behaviour: Often active at night in the wild, Olive Pythons hunt small mammals, and have been known to take animals as large as wallabies. Reptiles, particularly monitors, are often taken. When they are not moving about, Olive Pythons hide in rock crevices, termite mounds, or hollow logs.
Reproduction: Little is known of the breeding biology of this species except that it lays from 12 to 40 eggs in late spring, which hatch after a period of approximately 50 days. Young measure around 35cm in length.
Threats: A major threat to this species is habitat destruction as a result of land clearing by humans.
Conservation Status: The olive python is considered to be threatened.