Antaresia maculosa

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Antaresia maculosa
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Pythonidae
Genus: Antaresia
Species: A. maculosa
Binomial name
Antaresia maculosa
(Peters, 1873)
  • Liasis maculosus - Peters, 1873
  • Antaresia maculosus - Wells & Wellington, 1984
  • A[ntaresia]. maculosa - Kluge, 1993[1]
Common names: spotted python.

Antaresia maculosa is a non-venomous python species found in northern Australia. It is a popular pet among Australian reptile enthusiasts due to its small size and even temperament. No subspecies are currently recognized.[2]


Adults average about 100-140cm in length. It has an irregular, blotched color pattern throughout its life. The blotches have ragged edges because the dark pigmentation occurs only on complete scales.[citation needed]

Geographic range[edit]

Found in Australia from the extreme north of the Cape York Peninsula, south through eastern Queensland to northern New South Wales. Also on many islands off the coast of Queensland. The type locality given is "Rockhampton, Port Mackay, Port Bowen [= Port Clinton]" [Queensland, Australia]. L.A. Smith (1985) restricted the type locality to "Port Mackay" (Mackay, Queensland, in 21° 09'S, 149° 11'E) by lectotype designation.[1]


Found in most types of habitats, but prefers rocky hillsides and outcrops with crevices and caves.[citation needed]


One of its favorite foods are the insectivorous bats that it catches at the entrance of their caves. Being the largest members of this genus, captive specimens will usually accept mice and other small rodents.


Oviparous, with females laying up to 15 eggs at a time.


Raymond Hoser's name proposal was ridiculous and does not deserve reference.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b McDiarmid RW, Campbell JA, Touré T. 1999. Snake Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, vol. 1. Herpetologists' League. 511 pp. ISBN 1-893777-00-6 (series). ISBN 1-893777-01-4 (volume).
  2. ^ "Antaresia maculosa". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 18 September 2007. 
  3. ^ Antaresia maculosa at the Reptile Database. Accessed 9 September 2007.

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