Olive Python


Common Name: Olive Python
Scientific Name: Liasis olivaceus olivaceus
Family: Pythonidae (Pythons)
Genus: Liasis
Status: Rare – Category 5
Size: TL 4500 – 6500mm

—— Description ——
Two subspecies recognised. L. o. olivaceus: Ground colour dark olive, yellowish-brown to olive-brown, fading laterally. Lips, side of throat, neck and ventral surfaces white to cream. Lips may be finely dotted with darker pigment. TL 2.5m (average). L. o. barroni differs from nominate form in possessing fewer midbody scale rows (58-63 vs 61-80), more numerous ventral scales (374-411 vs 355-377), and in attaining larger average size. Individuals up to 5.5m reported in 1923. Distinguished from L. mackloti in bearing cream (vs yellow) ventral surfaces, and weakly glossed (vs highly iridescent) body scales.

—— Preferred Habitat ——
Arid to subhumid areas of northern Australia. Often encountered along drainage systems, especially those associated with rocky areas. L. o. olivaceus extends from Broome area, W.A. across northern N.T. to western half of Qld.; as far south as Windorah district. L. o. barroni is restricted to Pilbara region, W.A.; separated from nominate form by Great Sandy Desert.

—— Micro Habitat ——
Shelters in deep rock crevices, caves and abandoned burrows.

The following equipment is needed for this reptile:

  • An adequately sized Reptile Vivarium.
  • A suitable heating source, ie: Heat Element, Heat Mat, Heat Cord and Heat Lamp.
  • Adequate lighting, ie: UVA – UVB.
  • Water Bowl.
  • Other optional products are also available to ensure total comfort for your reptile.