Olive Python

Olive Python

Kingdom
Phylum
Subphylum
Class
Order
Suborder
Family
Genus
SPECIES
Liasis olivaceus
Population size
Unknown
WEIGHT
10-20 kg
LENGTH
over 4 m

The Olive python is Australia's second-largest snake species. Its high number of dorsal scale rows, makes the skin look smoother than that of other pythons. Its color pattern is uniform chocolate brown to olive green, while the belly is usually cream-colored.

Distribution

Olive pythons are found in Western Australia, the Northern Territory, and Queensland. They inhabit rocky areas, gorges, and especially rocky areas near sources of water.

Olive Python habitat map

Geography

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Climate zones

Habits and Lifestyle

Olive pythons are solitary ground-dwelling snakes. They are active at night and during the day typically shelter in caves and rock crevices, or in hollow logs and burrows under rocks. When hunting Olive pythons prefer to lie in wait next to an animal trail to ambush their prey. They are also strong swimmers and may hunt in waterholes, striking at prey from under the water.

Seasonal behavior

Diet and Nutrition

Olive pythons are carnivores that feed on birds, mammals (including Rock wallabies and fruit bats), birds (ducks and Spinifex pigeons), and other reptiles. They are also known to prey on monitor lizards and crocodiles.

Mating Habits

REPRODUCTION SEASON
May to mid-July
INCUBATION PERIOD
50 days
FEMALE NAME
female
MALE NAME
male
BABY NAME
snakelet
BABY CARRYING
19 eggs

Olive pythons start to breed in May and continue until mid-July. When successful, this is followed by a gestation period of 81-85 days, after which the female lays 12-40 eggs in late spring. The average clutch size is around 19 eggs. The hatchlings emerge after an incubation period of around 50 days, each measuring about 35 cm in length.

Population

Population threats

There are no major threats to the Olive python at present. However, it is occasionally confused with the venomous King brown snake and is often mistakenly killed.

Population number

The IUCN Red List and other sources don’t provide the number of the Olive python total population size. Currently, this species is classified as Least Concern (LC) on the IUCN Red List.

References

1. Olive Python on Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olive_python
2. Olive Python on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/83776720/101753099

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