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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 either an olive, cream, gold, or black color.

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 also great ambush predators- they sit and wait for prey to come close, and then strike.

Words From the Experts

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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

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Origin

Northern Australia

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Habitat

Rainforests, woodlands, semi-arid deserts

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Size

2–3 meters (6–9 feet)

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Diet

Small mammals, birds, reptiles

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Predators

Preyed upon when young by birds and mammals

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Natural Defenses

Large bite with sharp teeth, constriction

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Reproduction

10–35 eggs per clutch

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Status

Least Concern

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Life Expectancy

20–30 years

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