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Aspidites is a genus of pythons endemic to Australia. The name can be translated as "shield bearer" and pertains to the symmetrically shaped head scales. Currently, two species are recognized.

Description


Aspidites

These snakes lack the heat sensitive pits between the labial scales that most other python species have.

The head is slightly wider than the neck, and the eye is small, with a vertically elliptic pupil.

Geographic range


Aspidites

Found in Australia except in the south of the country.

Behavior


Aspidites

Both species are nocturnal, and terrestrial.

Reproduction


Aspidites

Oviparous. The females stay with their eggs until they hatch.

Species




T) Type species.

Taxonomy



Two new subspecies, A. ramsayi panoptes, the western woma python, and A. r. richardjonesii, the desert woma python, were described by Hoser (2001). However, these descriptions are questionable, as they do not include proper diagnoses and seem to be based only on distribution.

References



Further reading


Aspidites
  • Krefft G. 1864. Description of Aspidiotes melanocephalus, a New Snake from Port Denison, N.E. Australia. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1864: 20-22. ("Aspidiotes, nov. gen.", p. 20.)
  • Peters W. 1877. Ãœber die von S.M.S. Gazelle mitgebrachten Amphibien. Monatsberichte der Königlichen Preussischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin 1876: 528-535, 914. (Aspidiotus melanocephalus, p. 533; and Aspidites, p. 914.)

External links


Aspidites
  • Aspidites at the Reptarium.cz Reptile Database. Accessed 9 September 2007.

Aspidites

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