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"Antaresia perthensis"

Antaresia perthensis. (2009, April 28). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 06:50, January 5, 2010, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Antaresia_perthensis&oldid=286556835

Antaresia perthensis is a species of snake found in western Australia. Their common names, pygmy python and anthill python, refer to the fact that they are the smallest member of the Pythonidae family and are often found in termite mounds. The specific epithet is derived from the state capital, Perth, despite the fact that this place is not within the range of the species.[2] No subspecies are currently recognized.[3]

Adults grow to about 50cm (20 inches) in length and have a weight near 210 grams. Neonates are about 8 inches (20 cm) in length and about 4 grams in weight. After a year they average about 25 grams in weight. This makes them smaller than either the Childrens python, A. childreni, and the spotted python, A. maculosa. A. perthensis usually has a redder background ground color than these other species and their spots fade, or become less distinct, as they mature. In contrast, the ground color is lighter in childreni and maculosa, while their spots stay better defined throughout their life.

Found in Australia in the northwest of Western Australia and on some coastal islands. The type locality given is "Perth, West Australia" (Western Australia); an erroneous assumption of the place where the specimen was collected. The unfamiliarity of Europeans with the place of a specimen's collection has given rise to other 'naming peculiarities'.[2] According to L.A. Smith (1985), the type locality is unknown.[1]

Antaresia perthensis. (2009, April 28). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 06:50, January 5, 2010, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Antaresia_perthensis&oldid=286556835

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