Spotted pythons are small Australian pythons that prefer to live in caves and crevices. They are adept at catching flying bats in the dark recesses of their caves.
Scientific name: Antaresia maculosa
Thermal imaging and infra-red show how snakes hunts with deadly accuracy in the dark.
Australia's Bat Cleft cave was lit with infra-red so as not to change either the snake's or the bats' behaviour. Two high resolution security cameras equipped with different sized lenses and mounted on a single custom built tripod meant different views could be captured without moving the tripod and disturbing the animals. A thermal imaging camera then illustrated how the snakes detect their prey.
Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
The Spotted python can be found in a number of locations including: Australia. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.
The following habitats are found across the Spotted python distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Antaresia maculosa is a non-venomous python species found in northern Australia. It is a popular pet among Australian reptile enthusiasts due to its small size and even temperament. No subspecies are currently recognized.
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