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Neonate Children’s Python

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Children’s python perched on my index finger for scale

Baby snake! … and resurrecting the macro attachment with my old trusty camera. Children’s pythons (Antaresia childreni) are the second smallest python in the world, the first being the anthill python (Antaresia perthensis) from Western Australia. Adult children’s pythons attain lengths of up to one and a half meters, but this neonate was about 18-20 cm long. Juveniles tend to be darker with well defined splotches while adults usually fade into more of a light brown color. Children’s pythons primarily feed on frogs and small lizards such as Oedura geckos, and they start to take small rodents and birds as they mature. I also have an adult children’s python living in my house (well actually underneath the house), so at some point I’ll share photos of that python too.

Photographed after disturbance [4]

Size comparison with a trapjaw ant (Odontomachus sp.) on the far right

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