Liasis mackloti

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.

Distribution

The Water Python occupy coastal and hinterland regions of northern and north-eastern Australia from the Kimberley region of Western Australia to the coast of north-eastern Queensland.

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 Water Python reaches an average of 2 metres however they have been known to reach 3 metres in length.

Diet

The diet of the Water Python consists of lizards, hatchling crocodiles, mammals, birds and their eggs.

Habitat

The Water Python inhabits sclerophyll forests and humid woodland close to permanent water, or flood plains and swamps.

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.

Bite

Non-venomous