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Antaresia stimsoni.jpg
Stimson's python, A. stimsoni
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Pythonidae
Subfamily: Pythoninae
Genus: Antaresia
Wells & Wellington, 1984

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  • Antaresia Wells & Wellington, 1984[1]

Antaresia is a genus of pythons, nonvenomous snakes found in Australia. The genus is known by the common name Children's pythons, the name of the type species. Gray named it in honour of his mentor, John George Children, who was a curator of the zoological collection at the British Museum around that time. It contains the smallest members of the Pythonidae.[2] Currently, four species are recognized.[3]

Geographic range[edit]

The species are found in Australia in arid and tropical regions.[1]


Species[3] Taxon author[3] Common name Geographic range[1]
A. childreniT (Gray, 1842) Children's python Australia in the extreme north of Western Australia, the northern third of Northern Territory, and northeastern Queensland, and on the islands of the Torres Strait
A. maculosa (Peters, 1873) Spotted python Australia from the extreme north of the Cape York Peninsula, south through eastern Queensland to northern New South Wales, and on many islands off the coast of Queensland
A. perthensis (Stull, 1932) Pygmy python Australia in the northwest of Western Australia, including some coastal islands
A. stimsoni (L.A. Smith, 1985) Stimson's python Australia from the coast of Western Australia through the center of the country as far as the Great Dividing Range, not found in the far north, extreme south, or east

*) Not including the nominate subspecies.
T) Type species.[1]


The name is taken from the star Antares in the constellation Scorpius. The genus name was created in 1984 by Wells and Wellington in a revision of Children's pythons, those previously described as a single species in the genus Liasis. Despite a petition to suppress the taxonomic work of these authors, it gained wide acceptance and publication in 1991.

Four species are currently recognized in the genus Antaresia, which is contained by the family Pythonidae; infraspecific ranks have also been described.[3]

A subspecies, A. stimsoni orientalis was described by L.A. Smith (1985), but was not recognized as valid by Barker & Barker (1994).[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e 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. ^ Browne-Cooper, Robert; Brian Bush; Brad Maryan; David Robinson (2007). Reptiles and Frogs in the Bush: Southwestern Australia. University of Western Australia Press. p. 99. ISBN 978-1-920694-74-6. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Antaresia". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 9 September 2007. 

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