COMMON NAME: Stimson's Python
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Antaresia stimsoni
SIZE (cm): 100
Description: A species of the Pythonidae family,
non-venomous snakes that trap and asphyxiate prey. It is contained
by a group without well developed heat-sensing pits, these are only
found at the lips. Small and terrestrial, adults grow up to about
100 cm in length.
Prefered Habitat: Occurs throughout many dry inland
areas, mainly in rocky areas, but also Eucalyptus woodlands, arid
shrublands and deserts. Occurrence in open or flat areas is unusual.
BEHAVIOUR: Generally nocturnal. The species occupies
crevices, hollows, and holes made by other creatures in termite mounds,
the latter offering a controlled climate. Antaresia stimsoni is an
ambush predator, spending much of its time waiting for prey, trapping
and killing by constriction. They are often recorded at rocky hills
or other habitat providing good cover.
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