The olive python is one of Australia’s largest pythons, growing to almost 4 metres. They can be found across northern Australia in mountain ranges and savannah woodlands and favour rocky gorges and watercourses. They are mainly nocturnal and will shelter in rock crevices and hollows during the day. They are great swimmers and will hunt in water.
The main threats to the species include loss of habitat due to the development of mining infrastructures and major fire events. They are also threatened by feral cats and foxes, that kill juvenile snakes and compete for food sources. The olive python is also often killed by humans on roads or when these harmless non-venomous snakes are misidentified and confused with the highly venomous king brown and killed out of fear.
Photo taken at Taronga Zoo, Sydney.
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