Pythons

Centralian Carpet Python (Morelia bredli)

Meet Benny. He is a Centralian Carpet Python, a species often called a Bredli. Like all pythons, he is non-venomous. If he has no venom, I wonder how he kills his prey?

Bredli are quite abundant in the wild, despite have a restricted distribution range surrounding Alice Springs in the Northern Territory.

Centralian Carpet Pythons like to climb and hang out in trees, this is referred to as being arboreal.


Water Python (Liasis fuscus)

As their name suggests, Water Pythons are frequently seen in billabongs, creeks and other water areas. However, they are not soley aquatic and are also found in woodlands and forests. Water Pythons are found along northern Australia, in Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland.

Water Pythons are patternless. Their dorsal (top) scales are black to olive-brown in colour. Their ventral (bottom) scales are yellow in colour. But don’t think their colour is plain, out in the sun these pythons show the most beautiful iridescent rainbow-coloured sheen. Water Pythons are also culturally important. They are thought to be connected to the powerful ‘rainbow serpent’ of tradition Aboriginal culture.

Have a look at the beautiful colours on Walter’s scales.


Coastal Carpet Python (Morelia spilota)

Charlie is a Coastal Carpet Python. These pythons originate from the eastern areas of Queensland and northern NSW.

Coastal Carpet Pythons possibly have the most variable colour of any python. The colours on these pythons ranges from creams to blacks. The huge colour range means they are well camoflagued on both the forest floor and amongst the gum trees.


Olive Python (Liasis oliveceus)

Ollie is an Olive Python and one of the younger members of gang. He is only 1yr old, but is already xxcm long. But he has a long way to grow, with Olive Pythons capable of reaching 4.5m in length and weighing over 10kg.


Black-headed Python (Aspidites melanocephalus)

Meet Polly, she is a Black-headed Python. Like Ollie, Polly is also a juvenile python.

Black-headed Pythons naturally occur in northern Australia. These pythons are easily recognised by their distinctive glossy black head, which has a very important function. Their black head acts like a solar panel and is used to heat up their entire body. This enables the Black-headed Python to heat up by just poking its head out of its hiding place, reducing its chances of being preyed upon.

Black-headed pythons also lack any obvious thermoregulating (heat-sensor) pits on their lips, but this may be a reflection of their favourite prey items, reptiles. They are terrestrial pythons, that is they don’t climb, and often burrow.