Spotted Python

Spotted Python - ZooTampa at Lowry Park

Today’s spotlight is on the spotted python (Antaresia maculosa). The spotted python can be found in the shrublands, forests, rocky outcrops and caves of Australia.

This species has a dark body with blotches. They are the smallest species of python you will find in the world, only getting to around 4 feet! They are a nocturnal terrestrial and arboreal species, so their diets usually consist of small mammals, birds and lizards. However, they are best known for eating bats as they fly through the mouths of caves!

According to the IUCN Red List, the spotted python is considered least concerned and it is unlikely that any major treats are impacting this species. The spotted python is native to Australia but has also been seen in New Guinea, where pet trade across the border has caused concern.