Stimson Python

Scientific Name: Antaresia stimsoni

The Stimson python, which is sometimes known as the large-blotched python, has a pattern of golden to red-brown or chocolate-brown patches on a light tan to yellow background. The python is non-venomous, and kills its prey by coiling around it so that it can’t breathe. One of the smaller pythons, they grow to a metre long. Like many pythons, its head, which is bigger than its neck, contains heat sensing organs to help locate its prey. Stimsons pythons are nocturnal.


Central and Western Australia, in arid grasslands, shrublands, woodlands and desert. The snake favours rocky outcrops and shelters in crevices, holes, hollows and even termite mounds.


Small mammals, frogs, birds and lizards. Like many other snakes, it can go for months without feeding.


Stimson pythons lay a clutch of 5-15 eggs, which the mother incubates for about 55 days by coiling herself around the eggs.