The water python is uniform iridescent dark brown to black in colour above, usually with a bright- to dull-yellow belly. Water pythons, like most other python species in Queensland, use heat-sensing pits situated on the lower jaw to locate their prey. It is mainly active at night in the vicinity of water in eucalypt woodland. Water pythons feed mainly on birds, predominately waterfowl, and small mammals. The water python grows to and average length of 2 m, reaching a maximum length of 3 m.
Habitat and Range
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