Python in garden
On the road at night.
Positioning itself to catch bats at the mouth of a cave.
This adult python was found on the road at night east of Humpty Doo in the Northern Territory in north-central Australia.
First record for this genus outside Australia. Discovered with Mark O'Shea and Ilaiah Bigilale, under remnant corregated metal strips.
Full PDF paper describing the finding of these snakes ( 2004. Mark O’Shea, R. Sprackland, and Ilaiah Bigilale. First record for the genus Antaresia (Squamata: Pythonidae) from Papua New Guinea. Herpetological Review 35(3): 225-227) available at http://robertsprackland.webs.com/apps/documents/
Antaresia is a genus of pythons, non-venomous snakes found in Australia. The genus in known by the common name Children's pythons, the name of the type species. Gray named it in honour of his mentor, John George Children, who was a curator of the zoological collection at the British Museum around that time. It contains the smallest members of Pythonidae. Currently, four species are recognized.