Juvenile Water Python

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Water pythons (Liasis fuscus) are the most abundant snake species in the Fogg Dam floodplains. In fact, it’s estimated that the reserve has a population of 2,500 of them with about 900 snakes per square kilometer. The high density of water pythons is supported by their favorite prey, the dusky rat (Rattus colletti), which can often be seen scurrying near the water’s edge at night. Although water pythons can grow to over two meters long, this juvenile was only about 40 centimeters long. The iridescent scales flickering rainbow light throughout the olive dorsum is always beautiful to see.

Photographed after slight disturbance [2]

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