Resources

Books

Barker, David G., and Tracy M. Barker. Pythons of the World. Vol. 1, Australia. Lakeside, CA: Advanced Vivarium Systems, Inc., 1994.

Cogger, Harold, G. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia. Sydney, Australia: Reed New Holland, 2000.

Greene, Harry W. Snakes: The Evolution of Mystery in Nature. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997.

Minton, Sherman A., and Madge Rutherford Minton. Giant Reptiles. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1973.

Murphy, John C., and Robert W. Henderson. Tales of Giant Snakes: A Historical Natural History of Anacondas and Pythons. Malabar, FL: Krieger Publishing Company, 1997.

O'Shea, Mark. A Guide to the Snakes of Papua New Guinea. Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: Independent Publishing Group, 1996.

Pope, Clifford Millhouse. The Giant Snakes: The Natural History of the Boa Constrictor, the Anaconda, and the Largest

Pythons, Including Comparative Facts About Other Snakes and Basic Information on Reptiles in General. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1961.

Torr, Geordie. Pythons of Australia: A Natural History. Sydney, Australia: University of New South Wales Press, 2000.

Periodicals

Kluge, Arnold G. "Aspidites and the Phylogeny of the Pythonine Snakes." Records of the Australian Museum Supplement 19 (1993): 1-78.

McDowell, S. B. "A Catalogue of the Snakes of New Guinea and the Solomons, with Special Reference to Those in the Bernice P. Bishop Museum. Part 2. Anilioidae and Pythonidae." Journal of Herpetology 9, no. 1 (1975): 1-79.

Weigel, J., and T. Russell. "A Record of a Third Specimen of the Rough-Scaled Python, Morelia carinata." Herpetofauna 23, no. 2 (1993): 1-5.

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Splitjaw snakes

(Bolyeriidae)

Class Reptilia Order Squamata Family Bolyeriidae

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A monotypic family consisting of a species of small, slender snakes characterized by a divided and hinged maxilla (upper jaw bone)

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Maximum size approaches 4 ft (1.3 m); largest specimen caught in the wild, collected by the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust in 1977, weighed 17 oz (510 g)

Number of genera, species

1 genus; 1 species

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Found throughout Round Island, most often in or near the remnants of forest

Endangered

Restricted to Round Island, a small island north of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean

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