Antaresia stimsoni — Large-blotched Python
Some other names for this species:
Stimson’s Python, Inland Children’s Python
The snake in the top picture was my first ever wild python. It was perhaps a little anticlimactic in this role, being only about 8 inches long. Still, a python is a python. The one in the bottom picture was a relative monster at about 10 inches. I found both of these road-cruising at night as they inched across the highway.
Here is a complete list of the reptiles and frogs I saw on this trip to Australia.
Two species of broadly similar-looking pythons live in this area. When I saw this front part of a python sticking out from a narrow crevice, I couldn't tell which type it was. I quickly got this one extremely blurry photo, but then the snake pulled back into the crevice, never to be seen again (by me, anyhow). I came back the next night and looked around in the same area for it, with no luck. I had hoped it was the species of python that I had not already seen, which would be the Centralian Carpet Python (Morelia bredli), but after studying this one bad photo I had to eventually settle for the conclusion that it was really a Large-blotched Python.
- Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles & Amphibians of Australia, Seventh Edition
- Hoser, R. T. 1989. Australian Reptiles & Frogs
- Swan, G. 1995. A Photographic Guide to Snakes & Other Reptiles of Australia
- Wilson, S. K., Knowles, D. 1988. Australia's Reptiles: A Photographic Reference to the Terrestrial Reptiles of Australia