Liasis olivaceus

Description

The Olive Python has a moderately slender body and a long narrow head, wider than its neck. Its scales are smooth and have a soft sheen. The colour of the back and sides is plain yellowish-brown, greyish-brown or dull olive. The Olive Python is one of the largest pythons found in northern Australia, they grow between 2.5 - 4 meters in length.

Habitat

Found in woodlands, or dry shrubland and grassland. Particularly along rocky gorges with permanent waterholes.

Diet

Lizards, snakes, mammals and birds.

Breeding

A female Olive Python lays 8-30 eggs per clutch. The large eggs measure about 100mm by 50mm. After slitting their eggshells, juveniles may remain with only their heads protruding for a few days before emerging completely.