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Scrub Pythons

Our favourite reptiles in Far North Queensland

The amethystine python, also known as the scrub python or sanca permata locally, is a species of nonvenomous snake in the family Pythonidae.

The species is found in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Australia.

Information from Australian Geographic shows the python can grow anywhere from 3 metres to more than 8 metres long, the amethystine python (Morelia amethistina) being Australia’s longest python. And measured either by length or weight, it’s one of the six largest snakes in the world.

Found in northern tropical Queensland, Indonesia, Western New Guinea, Papua New Guinea, and nearby islands, the amethystine python keeps mostly to dense, warm rainforests, but will occasionally venture out into the suburbs, where antics invariably ensue:

The good news is, being a python, this imposing reptile isn’t venomous. It kills its prey by crushing it between its coiled, muscular body, and then slowly swallowing it whole.

If there’s one thing an amethystine python struggles with, it’s keeping a low profile when it ventures near a home looking for food or shelter. It seems like wherever these guys go, chaos follows.

Oh, and you might be wondering where the name amethystine python comes from? It’s exactly what it sounds like – if you look closely, and in the right light, you’ll see this truly unique creature shines like an amethyst gemstone:

The wet tropics management has much information on the amethystine python and describe it as usually docile in nature. However, it is not advisable to approach or attempt to handle any snake no matter how tame it might seem. A bite from this snake could result in a severe wound that would probably bleed profusely. Additionally, a python's body is almost entirely muscle so a large individual is extraordinarily powerful. Once coiled around your body, the combined strength of several people might be required to remove it.

There are many wonderful and strange stories that abound re the antics of these unique reptiles

Keep posted for a information evening on these wonderful creatures with resident local snake catchers



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