Exotis ISSN 2398-2985

Reptiles

Jungle carpet python

Synonym(s): Morelia spilota cheynei

Contributor(s): Vetstream Ltd, Kirsty Dewhurst

Introduction

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Scientific Classification

  • Kingdom: Animalia. 
  • Phylum: Chordata. 
  • Class: Reptilia. 
  • Order: Squamata. 
  • Family: Pythonidae. 
  • Genus: Morelia
  • Species: spilota
  • Subspecies: cheynei

Distribution and habitat

  • Native to north western Australian rainforests. 
  • Also found in New Guinea. 
  • Found mainly in rainforests but could also adapt to dry semi-deserts. 

Species status

  • Listed as of least concern

Life span

  • Up to 20 years in the wild; longer in captivity. 

Diet

  • Carnivorous. 
  • Main diet includes rodents, eg rats, mice, rabbits Snake nutrition.

Breeding

  • Females lay clutches of eggs (10-45 eggs) in early summer Snake reproduction
  • Females will incubate the eggs (for up to 40 days) by wrapping around them and shivering her muscles in order to keep them warm. 

As pets

  • Require at least a 150 l/40 gal tank.
  • Arboreal species, so need lots of branches and obstacles to climb.

Predatory behavior

  • Ambush predators. 
  • Kill by constriction. 

Biological Data

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • Battaglia J (2018) Jungle Carpet Python. Website: www.reptilesmagazine.com. Last accessed 16th April 2018. 
  • Reptile and Amphibian Discovery Zoo (2018) Jungle Carpet Python. Website: www.theradzoo.com. Last accessed 16th April 2018.
  • West New York Herp Society (2018) Jungle Carpet Python Care Sheet. Website: www.wnyherpsociety.org. Last accessed 15th July 2018.
  • Axelson R (2017) Snakes - Diseases. Website: vcahospitals.com. Last accessed 16th April 2018.
  • Tallowin O, Parker F, O'Shea M, Vanderduys E, Wilson S, Shea G & Hobson R (2017) Morelia spilota. In: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Website: www.iucnredlist.org. Last accessesd 16th July 2018.
  • Snake Facts (2014) Carpet Python. Website: snake-facts.weebly.com. Last accessed 16th April 2018. 

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