Liasis mackloti

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Liasis mackloti
Liasis mackloti savuensis 2.jpg
Liasis mackloti savuensis
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Pythonidae
Genus: Liasis
Species:
L. mackloti
Binomial name
Liasis mackloti
Synonyms
  • Liasis Mackloti
    A.M.C. Duméril & Bibron, 1844
  • Python timorensis
    S. Müller, 1844
  • Liasis (Simalia) Macklotii
    Gray, 1849
  • Python timorensis
    — S. Müller, 1857
  • Liasis mackloti
    Boulenger, 1893
  • Liasis Mackloti
    F. Werner, 1897
  • Liasis macloti Barbour, 1912
    (ex errore)
  • Liasis mackloti mackloti
    Stull, 1932
  • Liasis mackloti dunni Stull, 1932
  • Lisalia mackloti
    Wells & Wellington, 1985
  • Morelia mackloti
    Underwood & Stimson, 1990
  • Liasis mackloti Kluge, 1993[1]
Common names: Macklot's python,[2] freckled python[3]

Liasis mackloti is a python species found in Indonesia, East Timor, Papua New Guinea, and coastal northern Australia. Three subspecies are currently recognized, including the nominate subspecies described here.[3]

Etymology[edit]

The specific name, mackloti, is in honor of naturalist and taxidermist Heinrich Christian Macklot.[4]

Description[edit]

Attaining sizes of 7 ft (213 cm) in length or more, Macklot's pythons are large and if not treated properly can be poor-tempered snakes. Their coloration consists of a blackish-brown to green base color, with yellow to ochre sides, and a white belly that is patterned with small and dispersed yellow spots or black speckles, while the labial scales are pale in color. They are known to breed easily in captivity.[2] They are oviparous.[3]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

L. mackloti is found in Indonesia in the Lesser Sunda Islands of Savu, Roti, Samao, Timor and Wetar, in East Timor, Papua New Guinea, and coastal northern Australia.[3] The type locality given is "les îles de Timor et de Samao ". Brongersma (1968) restricted the type locality to "Timor" by lectotype designation.[1]

Subspecies[edit]

Subspecies[3] Taxon author[3] Common name Geographic range
L. m. mackloti A.M.C. Duméril & Bibron, 1844 Macklot's python Timor and Wetar, East Nusa Tenggara
L. m. dunni Stull, 1932
L. m. savuensis Stull, 1932 Savu python Savu, East Nusa Tenggara

Exotic Trade and Captive Care[edit]

L. mackloti is a snake that is known and sold in the live exotic animal trade, or exotic pet trade, bringing it far beyond its native range, to as far as the United Kingdoms, and North America, where the animals are sold and kept in captivity from pet stores, speciality shops, and conventions.

Gallery[edit]

Liasis mackloti savuensis 3.jpg

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b McDiarmid RW, Campbell JA, Touré TA. 1999. Snake Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, Volume 1. Washington, District of Columbia: Herpetologists' League. 511 pp. ISBN 1-893777-00-6 (series). ISBN 1-893777-01-4 (volume).
  2. ^ a b Mehrtens JM. 1987. Living Snakes of the World in Color. New York: Sterling Publishers. 480 pp. ISBN 0-8069-6460-X.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Liasis mackloti at the Reptarium.cz Reptile Database. Accessed 30 June 2017.
  4. ^ Beolens B, Watkins M, Grayson M. 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Liasis mackloti, p. 165).

Further reading[edit]

  • Boulenger GA. 1893. Catalogue of the Snakes in the British Museum (Natural History). Volume I., Containing the Families ... Boidæ ... London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). (Taylor and Francis, printers). xiii + 448 pp. + Plates I-XXVIII. (Liasis mackloti, p. 79).
  • Duméril A-M-C, Bibron G. 1844. Erpétologie générale ou Histoire naturelle complète des Reptiles, Tome sixième. (= General Herpetology or Complete Natural History of the Reptiles, Volume 6). Paris: Roret. xii + 609 pp. (Liasis mackloti, new species, pp. 440–442). (in French).