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Scientific Name: Antaresia childreni
Habitat: semi-desert, jungle
Diet: small mammals, lizards
Life span: 15-20 years
Young: 10-20 eggs per clutch
Size: 0.7-1 m (2.3-3.3 ft)

Named after John George Children, these snakes are the second-smallest pythons in the world. Children’s pythons are excellent climbers, spending equal time in trees and on the ground. They will even climb up on cave ledges and catch bats that fly by. Their calm and relatively docile nature has made these snakes popular as pets.

Fun Fact: Some varieties of Children's pythons can have a rainbow-like sheen to their scales.


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Range: North-eastern Australia


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Status: Least concern

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Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


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