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Children's Cannibal Python eating a Slaty grey snake

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Children's python (Antaresia childreni) is a nonvenomous python species found in the common name, Children's python, and the specific name or epithet, childreni, are in honor of English scientist John George grow to an average length of about 1m (3ft), with a maximum of (5ft). The crown scales are enlarged while those on the body are small and smooth, with a rainbow sheen that can be seen when exposed to direct brown with darker spots in five or six longitudinal series. A dark streak on each side of the head, passing through the eye. Lips yellowish, spotted with brown. Ventrum uniformly distinct from neck. Nostril superolateral, in a large semidivided nasal. Eye moderate in size, with vertical pupil. Body slightly laterally compressed. Tail dorsal scales arranged in 41 to 45 rows. Ventrals 257-287; anal plate entire; subcaudals 38-53, all or mostly in two broader than high, barely visible from above. Internasals slightly longer than broad, shorter than the anterior prefrontals. Second pair of prefrontals in contact at midline or separated by a small shield. These posterior prefrontals sometimes broken into several shields. Frontal 1 times as long as broad, slightly shorter than its distance from the end of the snout, longer than the small parietals. 3 to 10 small loreal shields, some almost granular. 11 to 13 upper labials. Three or four of the posterior lower labials with deep maxillary teeth and mandibular teeth very long, gradually decreasing in size posteriorly. Premaxillary bone also with rangeFound in Australia in the extreme north of Western Australia, the northern third of Northern Territory, and northeastern Queensland. Also on the islands of the Torres Strait. The type locality given is "?" Listed as " Australia" in the catalogue of the British Museum of Natural History and as unknown in Stimson (1969).It occurs specifically in the region spanning along the coast between the Kimberleys in Western Australia to Mount Isa in northwestern diet consists of reptiles, birds and small mammals, particularly microbats which they catch by dangling from stalactites in caves, which they commonly inhabit, and snatch them out of the air as they fly Credit: Russell Hanna. Original uploader was Scarlet23 at : CC BY-SA



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