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Carpet python

Carpet python

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Scientific Name:

Morelia spilota variegata


Australia, New Guinea.


Carnivore. Small mammals (mice, rats and bandicoots), ground nesting birds and lizards (agamas).


Habitat: Rainforest, coastal woodland along water courses, riverine gorges, savannas, suburban areas.


Incubation: 9-52 eggs, 55-60 days incubation


Social structure: Solitary


Weight: 15kg max


Dimensions: 4m max


Lifespan: 15-20


IUCN Status: Least concern


Estimated population in the wild: Unknown


Threats: Habitat loss causes localized decline in some subpopulations but in general there are no major threats to this species.


Did you know that:

They are named for their beautiful markings, which resemble an oriental carpet pattern.
The female Carpet Python lays eggs and coils around them to protect them and keep them warm.
They are non-venomous but can inflict a painful bite. Teeth can break off and remain embedded in the victim.
The subspecies we host M.s. variegata is the smallest of this species reaching ~2m.
In Australia, Aboriginal people have been documented to collect this species for food 

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