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Threatened species

Stimson's Python - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Antaresia stimsoni
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Profile last updated: 01 Dec 2017


A small off-white to pale brown python, with darker brown blotches extending from the head down the body. A pale lower lateral stripe occurs along the anterior part of the body. The under side is whitish.


Occurs in north-west NSW, from Bourke and Gundabooka National Park in the east to Broken Hill and Wilcannia in the south.

Habitat and ecology

  • A terrestrial and semi-arboreal species that inhabits a wide range of arid and semi-arid environments including rock outcrops, sandy plains and dunefields where it is associated with larger trees and termite mounds.
  • The species occupies a broad spectrum of habitats includes woodlands, shrublands (including Acacia and chenopods) and hummock grasslands, where rocky outcrops provide caves and deep crevices and where tree-lined watercourses provide numerous low hollows and fallen trees.
  • They forage at night with adults feeding on small mammals (especially bats), birds, geckoes and other lizards, whilst juveniles take geckoes and skinks.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Broken Hill ComplexBarrier Range Known None
Broken Hill ComplexBarrier Range Outwash Predicted None
Broken Hill ComplexMootwingee Downs Known None
Broken Hill ComplexScopes Range Predicted None
Channel CountryBulloo Predicted None
Channel CountryBulloo Dunefields Predicted None
Channel CountryCentral Depression Predicted None
Channel CountryCore Ranges Predicted None
Channel CountrySturt Stony Desert Known None
Cobar PeneplainBoorindal Plains Predicted None
Cobar PeneplainCanbelego Downs Known None
Darling Riverine PlainsLouth Plains Predicted None
Darling Riverine PlainsMenindee Predicted None
Darling Riverine PlainsWilcannia Plains Predicted None
Mulga LandsCuttaburra-Paroo Predicted None
Mulga LandsKerribree Basin Predicted None
Mulga LandsParoo Overflow Predicted None
Mulga LandsParoo-Darling Sands Predicted None
Mulga LandsUrisino Sandplains Predicted None
Mulga LandsWarrego Sands Predicted None
Mulga LandsWest Warrego Predicted None
Mulga LandsWhite Cliffs Plateau Predicted None
Murray Darling DepressionDarling Depression Predicted None
Other StateQLD Known None
Other StateSA Known None