COMMON NAME: Olive Python
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Liasis olivaceus olivaceus
STATUS: Rare or insufficiently known
SIZE (cm): 450-650cm
Two subspecies recognised. L. o. olivaceus:
Ground colour dark olive, yellowish-brown to olive-brown, fading laterally.
Lips, side of throat, neck and ventral surfaces white to cream. Lips
may be finely dotted with darker pigment. TL 2.5m (average). L. o. barroni
differs from nominate form in possessing fewer midbody scale rows (58-63
vs 61-80), more numerous ventral scales (374-411 vs 355-377), and in
attaining larger average size. Individuals up to 5.5m reported in 1923.
Distinguished from L. mackloti in bearing cream (vs yellow) ventral
surfaces, and weakly glossed (vs highly iridescent) body scales.
PREFERRED HABITAT: Arid to subhumid areas of northern
Australia. Often encountered along drainage systems, especially those
associated with rocky areas. L. o. olivaceus extends from Broome area,
W.A. across northern N.T. to western half of Qld.; as far south as
Windorah district. L. o. barroni is restricted to Pilbara region,
W.A.; separated from nominate form by Great Sandy Desert.
MICROHABITAT: Shelters in deep rock crevices, caves
and abandoned burrows.
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