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
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