Species group: Boas, Anacondas and Pythons
Other common names: Centralian Python; Centralian Carpet Python; Blotched Python
Scientific name: Morelia bredli
The Bredl's Python is native to arid deserts and rocky outcrops in the mountains of southern Northern Territory, Australia. Morelia bredli is a popular captive Python species, due to its handsome patterning and colors, and mild temperament as an adult.
Appearance / health:
The Bredl's Python is a heavily-built species with adults approaching or exceeding 2 meters in length. Many captive specimens have been recorded at 3 meters and slightly above. The color pattern consists of a brown-to-reddish ground color with a highly variable pattern of pale intrusions. There are normally black borders around the intrusions that become more extensive around the tail. The belly is yellowish to pale cream.
Behavior / temperament:
Bredl's Pythons tend to be fairly easy to maintain in captivity and are usually fairly docile.
One adult Bredl's Python can be housed comfortably in a 4 x 2 x 2 foot cage. It should be kept between 88-95F degrees during the day. Nighttime temperatures need to range between 68-75F.
The Bredl's Python can be feed on pinkie or fuzzy mice as babies and juveniles. As the snake grows, the diet should include adult mice and small rats.
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Captivating and languid animals
Centralian (Bredli) Carpet Pythons are easygoing and easy to keep. For the most part, they hang out in drapey loops, most usually atop the tallest branch they can find in their vivariums.
You'll find that as you get to know your Bredli Python, you'll come to know their quirks as much as you might with your own children or with other pets. For example, one of my Bredli (Gentle) likes to 'sulk' with his face hidden while the other (Fury) is more relaxed and interested in movement outside of his vivarium.
It may be no coincidence that Fury is also the biggest pig when it comes to eating and the main inspiration the three pythons were separated into separate vivariums. He would scarf his own mouse quickly and try to steal his vivarium-mate's mouse out of it's mouth! We experienced a couple incidents where one of Fury's tiny teeth was found lodged in another python's nose because he'd been so quick to strike at more food! (incidentally, if this happens, you'll want to get onto the hydrogen peroxide to swab and watch the wound for infection over a few weeks.)
The Bredli Pythons enjoy a higher vivarium temperature and drier climate than the Coastal Carpets. They don't seem to grow as large as the Coastal Pythons. Or this may be my own experience but the Bredli seem a little smaller/petite than the Coastal when matched for age. Either way, the pythons' placid and easy demeanour makes up for the intimidating sizes they can reach.
A word of warning, remember to wash your hands before handling your pet snakes to prevent disease or infection.
And NEVER use any form of spray or smoke around the poor animals - they smell with their tongues and their tongues are highly sensitive. They can get sick just from the use of flyspray in the house.
But that's about as complicated as these captivating languid animals get!.
From AmandaJane Jul 15 2013 12:35AM
Not for me, but maybe for some
I only owned my Bredl Python (or Centralian Carpet Python) for a few months as shortly after acquiring him, I realized that I didn't particularly like him. I know that sounds mean, but hear me out. He was a fine snake, really, but I never really felt connected to him. I can remember loving alot of my other pythons and miss them greatly, however sometimes I forget that I even owned a Bredl Python. He was never that unfriendly, he bit me a few times and was a little cage defensive, but still able to be handled without too much issue. He ate and shed with no issue and had an extremely easy to provide habitat, I just, on a personal level, never really bonded with him. Some people might disagree with me, and I'm sure there are fantastic Bredl Python's out there, so please don't let my review deter you. He was everything you could ask for in an animal: healthy, mostly friendly, and easy to look after..
From tarafritz Aug 21 2015 12:39AM