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.
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.
The jungle carpet python will sit on their eggs and "thermoregulate" these eggs until they hatch.
Their name supposedly comes from the fact that they resemble old carpet patterns.
Rainforests, woodlands and semi-arid deserts
2-3 meters (6-9 feet)
Small mammals, birds, reptiles
Preyed upon when young by birds and mammals
large bite with sharp teeth, constriction
females lay 10-35 eggs and coil around them and use muscle contractions to keep them warm