Driving to work in Kakadu isn’t always your regular trudge to work! One morning I was treated to a special wildlife encounter – an olive python, over three metres in length, crossing the Kakadu Highway right near the Bowali Visitor Centre. The python was making its way across the road, and I’m pleased to say everyone slowed down to let it get safely across.
Olive pythons can grow to almost four metres and are found right across northern Australia. Here in Kakadu they call the savannah woodlands and the stone country home – although sometimes we find them near the Bowali Visitor Centre or curled up in one of our sheds.
Mostly nocturnal, they hunt during the night and shelter during the day. They are great swimmers and hunt in creeks and billabongs for reptiles and frogs, but will wait in ambush and prey on birds and small mammals too.
This python was out after a cold Wurrgeng (cold weather time) night so it took it a little longer to the road.
A big shout out to the travellers who stopped to let the snake safely cross the road (and my colleague Lucas who stopped his pushie!) Thank you for looking after our wildlife!
Anja, Kakadu National Park