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Scrub python

scrub python (Morelia kinghorni)
Wooroonooran National Park, Queensland
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Morelia kinghorni - (Stull, 1933)
Pronunciation  more-AY-lee-ah   KING-horn-ee
Etymology  Morelia: unknown, but possibly after the town in Mexico.
kinghorni: "in honor of Mr. J. Roy Kinghorn, in recognition of his notable work on the Australian snakes."1
Other names  Amethystine python
Amethyst python
Australian scrub python
Liasis amethistina kinghorni
Morelia amethistina
Total length
Species avg: 350 cm
Species max: 500 cm
Clutch size
Average: 11
Range: 7 - 19
Length and clutch size information comes from a variety of sources, but primarily from Shine (1991) and Cogger (2000).
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos


North-east Queensland; from about Townsville, north to the tip of the Cape York Peninsula, various Torres Strait Islands and into New Guinea.
One specimen recorded from Magnetic Island, off the coast of Townsville. This was possibly an escaped pet or translocated individual.3
Also known from the Whitsunday region4. These have been claimed to be escapees (or their progeny) from Rob Bredl's now-closed reptile park, but this seems doubtful.

Found in the following Australian states/territories



Rainforests in the Wet Tropics, but found in drier forests further north on Cape York.

Recorded from the following parks/reserves

The following sources may have been consulted when the above list was compiled:
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