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.

Distribution

Olive Python live on the Queensland Northern Territory boarder following the coast to northern Western Australia. There is a subspecies of Olive Python found within the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

Lifespan

The lifespan of many of our reptiles has not been studied in great detail, many are considered to live an average of 20 - 30 years.

Size

The second largest Python species in Australia, the Olive Python grows on average to 3.5 metres however the sub-species which is found in the Pilbara region of Western Australia frequently reaches 5 metres.

Diet

The diet of the Olive Python consists of lizards, snakes, mammals and birds.

Habitat

The Olive Python is found in woodlands, or dry shrubland and grassland. Particularly along rocky gorges with permanent waterholes.

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.