Olives by hunnybee


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Olive python (Liasis olivaceus)

The beautiful smooth skinned olive python is a uniform light to dark olive-brown to red-brown, with a white or cream underbelly. Growing to almost 4 metres, this robust python is Australia’s second largest snake species. There is also an olive python sub species – the Pilbara olive python – that is found only in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Its scale configuration is slightly different and the snakes grow slightly larger, with snakes up to 6.5 metres long being reported.

Olive pythons are found across northern Australia, from Western Australia to Queensland. They are found in mountain ranges and savannah woodlands and favour rocky gorges and watercourses. They are mainly nocturnal and during the day will shelter in rock crevices and hollows. They are great swimmers and will hunt in watercourses.

Mammals – as large as rock wallabies – birds, reptiles and frogs. As well as catching prey in the water, they have been known to wait in ambush on mammal pads. Once they’ve caught prey they kill it by wrapping their coils around it and so that the animal suffocates because it can no longer draw in air.

Mating occurs from May to mid-July, with females laying 12-40 eggs in late spring. These are incubated for 50 days before hatchlings about 35 centimetres long emerge.

This is a very attractive species that shows a lot of character. But make no mistake – this is a species with one thing on its mind every time its enclosure is opened: food!

Olive Pythons need to be awakened with care, and the use of a snake hook to initiate handling is recommended. Once the python realises that the keeper isn’t on the menu, it can be quite amendable to handling, and makes an inquisitive and well-adjusted pet.
Fascinating information but alas it doesn't make me feel less threatened. My cousin just showed me a video of two pythons 'dancing' together on their garden path. Whilst I do find them fascinating from a distance (or through glass) I am very nervous about meeting one elsewhere.
September 14th, 2017  
Still best seen behind glass!
September 14th, 2017  
Definitely don't won't them out.
September 15th, 2017  
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