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Back to Education IndexLiasis olivaceus, commonly called the olive python, is a species of python found in Australia. This snake is found in Australia in Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland. The type locality given is "North Australia; Port Essington" (Northern Territory, Australia). It occurs in 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.
With some adults reaching over 13 feet (4m) in length, this is Australia's second-largest snake species. Its high mid-body dorsal scale count, 61-72, makes the skin look smoother than that of other pythons. The colour pattern is a uniform chocolate brown to olive green, while the belly is usually cream coloured. Unfortunately, this species is occasionally confused with the venomous king brown snake, (Pseudechis australis), and killed as a consequence.
Their diet mainly consists of birds, mammals and other reptiles, including rock-wallabies, fruit bats, ducks and spinifex pigeons. They prefer to lie in wait next to animal trails to ambush their prey. Alternatively, they are strong swimmers and also hunt in waterholes, striking at prey from under the water. They are also known to prey on monitor lizards and crocodiles
This page is about the tremendous Olive Python (Liasis olivaceus)
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