What do they look like? A relatively small species of snake measuring up to about 75cm., brown to medium brown but paler on the lower flanks and with blotched contrasting patterns. A white or yellowish underside.
Where do they live? East to north-eastern Australia, from far north NSW to Cape York. Found in trees and shrubs especially around rocky hills and outcrops, Spotted Pythons dwell in a variety of habitats including wet coastal forest, seasonally dry woodlands and dry savannahs.
What do they eat? Small mammals, birds and reptiles.
Behaviour: Depending on prey size and prevailing temperature, digestion varies from a couple of days to a month. A python’s digestive juices are strong enough to dissolve bone and teeth. The only remaining item of the once whole prey animal will be some matted hair in the snake’s faeces.
Reproduction: Female Spotted Pythons lay around 10 eggs which they incubate by coiling over them, occasionally shivering to increase the temperature. The eggs hatch after 80 days of incubation.
Threats: Changes in land use, habitat loss, fragmentation and degradation of available habitat, predation by introduced pest animals such as the fox and cat have contributed to the decline of this species. Snakes are also killed by humans due to fear.
Conservation Status: Common and Widespread.