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Amethystine Python

Amethystine python is a nonvenomous snake occurring in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Australia. The snake exhibits an amethyst coloured shine over its body and hence its name. It is the longest nonvenomous snake in Australia. Currently, there are four subspecies of this species.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Pythonidae
    Genus Morelia
    Scientific Name Morelia amethistina


    Other Names Amethystine, Scrub python, Sanca permata
    Length 2 to 4 m (6.6 to 13.1 ft); larger specimens measure more than 5 m (16.4 ft)
    Weight Females: Around 15 kg (33 lb)
    Males: Around 5.1 kg (11 lb), sometimes weigh beyond 11 kg (24 lb)
    Color Brownish-yellow with iridescent scales
    Distribution Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Australia
    Habitat Bushland, scrubland, rainforests especially moist areas near to water
    Diet Small birds, fruit bats, frogs, other reptiles
    Venom Fact Nonvenomous
    Breeding Season June – September
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size Up to 20 eggs
    Incubation Period 2 months
    Average Lifespan Up to 13.8 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on January 20th 2017 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 24th July 2018.

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