CREATURE FEATURE: Carpet Python

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Carpet Python
Morelia spilota

Reptiles Alive Name: Snickers

Hisssstory: Snickers was adopted from a reptile rescue group.

RA Diet: One or two large frozen thawed rats every 3 to 4 weeks.

Natural Diet: Typically birds and small mammals.

Range: Coastal Northeastern Australia

Habitat: Rainforests and waterways are the typical habitat although they are versatile and can be found in urban environments.

Size: Most Carpet Pythons range from 5 to 7 feet in length although there is a good deal of variation and can be up to 9 feet.

Lifespan: Carpet Pythons can live more than 20 years.

Reproduction: Females will lay 10 to 50 eggs and will coil around them. They defend them and will occasionally “shiver” to warm them.

Conservation Issues: Because of its versatility, Carpet Pythons can often be found around human inhabitation. This can cause conflicts, but the snakes are critical in pest control and disease risk reduction.

Cool Facts: Early scientists saw the variety of patterns that Carpet Pythons exhibit and were reminded of handwoven carpets that the Middle East is known for.