Description: The Water Python has a moderate body and a long narrow head wider than its neck. The colours of the back and sides are iridescent olive-brown to dark greyish-brown, becoming yellowish on the lower sides. The average size of the Water Python is 2 metres but can get up to 3 metres in length.
Habitat: The Water Python inhabits sclerophyll forests and humid woodland close to permanent water, or flood plains and swamps.
Diet: Lizards, hatchling crocodiles, mammals, birds and their eggs.
Breeding: A female Water Python lays about 15 eggs in a disused monitor burrow or in a cavity among tree roots. The eggs hatch after about 65 days. For the first month of their lives hatchlings live off retained egg yolk and do not feed.
DID YOU KNOW?
When Water Python’s are alarmed, they will retreat to the water and swim beneath the surface to safety.