Jungle Carpet Python

Morelia spilota

Prettily Patterned Predator

This is a semi-arboreal (tree-dwelling) snake that can be found in the humid rainforests or semi-dry deserts of Australia. It has a bold pattern of olive, cream, gold, or black.

About the Species

A non-venomous snake, the jungle carpet python uses constriction to capture its prey.

Pythons have heat-seeking pits along the sides of their face. These pits allow the snake to use infrared imaging to detect sources of heat. The snake is able to find its prey while also avoiding predators. Pythons are great ambush predators. They sit and wait for prey to come close, and then strike.

Words From the Experts

Quotes

The jungle carpet python will sit on their eggs and "thermoregulate" these eggs until they hatch.

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Did You Know?

Their name supposedly comes from the fact that they resemble old carpet patterns.

Facts

Origin

Northern Australia

Habitat

Rainforests, woodlands and semi-arid deserts

Size

2-3 meters (6-9 feet)

Diet

Small mammals, birds, reptiles

Predators

Preyed upon when young by birds and mammals

Natural Defenses

large bite with sharp teeth, constriction

Reproduction

females lay 10-35 eggs and coil around them and use muscle contractions to keep them warm

Status

Least Concern

Life Expectancy

20-30 years

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