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This handsome snake takes its name from the distinctive patterning on its skin which resembles an oriental carpet.

Description: The carpet python’s colour varies from a greenish-brown to a blackish-brown and is marked with numerous irregular cream or yellow to pale brown blotches. The carpet python’s belly is white to cream, sometimes marked with bold black blotches.

Diet: The carpet python is a carnivore and feeds on small mammals, birds and the occasional reptile.

In the wild: The South-west Carpet Python is mainly nocturnal but is sometimes seen basking in the sun and moving about during the day. The carpet python finds shelter in areas such as hollow tree limbs, rock crevices and even the burrows of other animals.

Like many other pythons, the South-west Carpet Python cares for its eggs and keeps them warm until they hatch. After the snakes emerge from the eggs, they are left to fend for themselves.

Threats: Habitat destruction is a major threat to the South-west Carpet Python, especially with large scale development on the Swan Coastal Plain. Bushfires and predation from feral cats and foxes has also contributed to its declining populations.

Did you Know?

Female South-west Carpet Pythons can grow up to four times the size of males.

Precinct
Australian Reptile Encounter
Other Name/s
Wackul (Nyoongar)
Scientific Name
Morelia spilota imbricata
Conservation Status
Near Threatened
Body Length
2.5–3 m
Weight
1–4.5 kg
Class
Reptile
Incubation
63–71 days
Number of Eggs
14–20
Distribution
South-west Western Australia
Habitat
Patches of bushland, catchment areas and rocky outcrops
Region
Australia
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