Liasis fuscus — Water Python
Some other names for this species:
Brown Water Python
Some authors consider this to be a subspecies of Liasis mackloti.
Fogg Dam has perhaps the worlds highest density of water pythons, which makes it a must-visit destination for Top End herpers. According to the proprietors of the nearby Eden bed-and-breakfast where we were staying, the population dropped off dramatically a couple of years ago when flooding wiped out much of the habitat of the pythons main prey item, the Dusky Rat (Rattus colletti). I had heard stories that in earlier years one could see a python every ten feet along the dam, but on this night we saw only this one.
Ive written up an account of this three-week trip to Australia here.
The next night we saw one more, which spent a little bit more time in front of my camera before heading back into the water. These snakes are featured in aboriginal legends as “Rainbow Serpents”, a name that reflects the iridescence visible in these photos.
- Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles & Amphibians of Australia, Seventh Edition
- Wilson, S. K., Knowles, D. 1988. Australia's Reptiles: A Photographic Reference to the Terrestrial Reptiles of Australia
- Wilson, S. and Swan, G. 2017. A Complete Guide to Reptiles of Australia, Fifth Edition