This is the largest species of the genus Antaresia, though still a small species averaging about 3-3.5ft in length. Forest populations in the Cape York Peninsula are the largest with exceptional specimens growing to as much as 5ft and weights of 1000g.
The pattern of a maculosa is similar to that of other Antaresia, with darker brown irregular blotches on a pale brown background. Spotted pythons are the darkest of this closely related genus with dark brown to nearly black markings on many specimens. The blotching on this species differs from other Antaresia in that the markings are more jagged. Specimens from Cape York are distinguishable from more southern specimens by a lighter overall color and greater contrast with more of the base color visible. These larger Cape York animals generally have yellow/cream colored ventral scales. This differences in pigmentation, along with their greater size has led to debate as to weather this populations should be given taxonomic recognition.
Of all the species in the genus Antaresia, the spotted pythons' range is the most green. Living throughout the fertile eastern coast, this python can be found in a variety of habitats including wet forest, grasslands, open forest, caves and even in human modified habitat such as agricultural areas.
Spotted pythons are found along much of Australia's eastern coast from the northeast corner of New South Wales
northward to the tip of the Cape York Peninsula. The western limit of the distribution is formed by Great Dividing Range.
I am currently working with both the Central Coast and Cape York forms. In addition I am also working with the granite mutation of the Central Coast lineage.