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Carpet python

Carpet python

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Scientific Name:

Morelia spilota variegata


Distribution

Australia, New Guinea.


Diet:

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


Facts

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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