Carpet Python

Morelia spilota mcdowelli

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A heavy bodied snake, this species is known to grow up to 4.2 meters in length, average length seems to be around 2-3 meters. The life span of this snake is unknown, but it is believed that this snake can live in excess of 100 years.

Colours and Patterns of the Coastal Python vary greatly, even within one location. Colours include olive, dark green, light green, yellowy greens, brown and black. Patterns can be splotches, stripes or rings of colours. Colour and patterns are at their most vibrant immediately after, and within a week of sloughing off of old skin.

Reproductive Cycle.

After mating, a clutch of up to 30 eggs are laid. Females of this species, unlike other snake species, will care for her eggs, and defend her clutch violently. She coils herself around her eggs, and shivers to keep the eggs at a stable temperature. Between 50 and 60 days after producing her clutch, the babies hatch. At this point, the maternal duties of the mother are complete, and she goes to feed, leaving the hatchlings to disperse, and fend for themselves.

Diet and Habitat

Found throughout Northern New South Wales, and all the way to Cape York in Queensland, this species has one of the widest distributions of all snakes in Australia. With a preferred habitat of rainforests or eucalypt forests, it is not unknown of this snake to turn up in the middle of suburbia. They are known for living in the roof of houses, feeding on vermin.


The diets of Coastal Pythons includes mice, rats, birds, other snakes, flying foxes, possums and just about anything too slow to avoid capture. As a constrictor and a non venomous snake, he kills his prey by restriction and suffocation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The young measure about 300millimeters and weigh approximately 15gram. All Pythons are non-venomous and constrict their prey which mainly consist of small mammals and birds.

 

Python resting after eating a few chickens in our chicken pen which has now been python proofed .

This fellow was resting on a ledge outside one of our pens, just as well all pens here are totally snake proof.

This poor snake had been injured by a lawn mower, fortunately it was not badly damaged and was released back home after a few weeks in care.

Mouth retracting after eating large prey

Mouth retracting after eating large prey

 

 

 

Reference

"Graeme Gow's complete guide to Australian Snakes":Cornstalk Publishing.

Richard Shine - "Australian Snakes natural History".Reed Books Australia

 

 

 
 
 

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We would also like to acknowledge the amazing support and help we have had from the Lismore Vet Clinic who have been an invaluable support to both us and the native wildlife of this region.


All native birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles are proteced under the Wildlife Act 1975, they may not be captured or harmed in any way without an authority issued under the Wildlife Act.