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NEW GUINEA AMETHISTINE (or SCRUB) PYTHON
Simalia amethistina
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Distribution:- New Guinea and nearby islands (Bismarck Islands, Trobriand Islands, D'Entrecasteaux Islands, Louisiade Islands, Aru Islands, Kai Islands). It is NOT found in Australia. Australian specimens previously regarded as a subspecies are Simalia kinghorni

Comments:-This species belongs to the Amethystine python complex comprising of 5 separate species. It grows up to approximately 7 metres (6ft) - some sources report lengths up to 3 metres (10ft)

New Guinea Amethystine (or Scrub) Python
New Guinea Amethystine (or Scrub) Python (Simalia amethistina) at the Rimba Reptile Park, Bali Indonesia

New Guinea Amethystine (or Scrub) Python
New Guinea Amethystine (or Scrub) Python (Simalia amethistina) at the Rimba Reptile Park, Bali Indonesia

Similar species in the Amethystine Python complex are:-

Australian Scrub (or Amethystine) Python (Simalia kinghorni)

Moluccan Python or Seram Scrub Python (Simalia clastolepis)

Tanimbar Python (Simalia nauta)

Halmahera Scrub Python (Morelia tracyae)


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Morelia amethistina
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Amethystine Python
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