Species group: Boas, Anacondas and Pythons
Other common names: Northern Territory Carpet Python; Darwin Carpet Python; Torresian Carpet Python; Irian Jaya Carpet Python
Scientific name: Morelia spilota variegata
The exceedingly-attractive Carpet Python is a great choice for constrictor fans who wish to try a larger but not enormous species. Generally calm and easy to handle, they breed readily and may live for 20 or more years in captivity.
This widest-ranging of all of Australia’s many pythons inhabits virtually the entire continent, with the exception of southern Victoria and the central and western deserts. It is also found in southern New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. Seven subspecies have been described.
Carpet Pythons are very adaptable and seem equally at home in moist forests, thorn scrub, rocky hillsides, brushy grasslands, farms, and city parks.
Appearance / health:
The coloration and markings are extremely variable. The background color ranges from black through various shades of gray, reddish-brown, green and blue-green, and the pattern may be in the form of flecks, bands, spots or an irregular network of markings, and may be white, yellow, gold, gray or rust in color. Breeders have produced an astonishing array of color and pattern morphs. Adult size varies greatly from 4-9 feet, with occasional specimens to 13 feet.
The Carpet Python is, when given proper care, a very hardy snake, and may reach age 20+. Like other pythons, be subject to mites, inclusion body disease, and other ailments.
Behavior / temperament:
Carpet Pythons are often calm in disposition, and usually tolerate gentle handling. Like all snakes, they will bite when distressed, and must be handled with care. Large adults are not suitable pets for children.
Hatchlings may be housed in 10 gallon aquariums, while sub-adults do well in 55 gallon tanks. Commercial or custom built snake enclosures are best for large adults.
Stout, well-anchored branches or shelves work well as basking sites, and a hide box should always be available. Newspapers, terrarium liners, or aspen bedding may be used as the substrate. An ambient temperature gradient of 72-85 F, and a basking site of 90-95 F, should be established.
Carpet Pythons fare well on a diet of mice and rats.
Successful breeders reduce the night-time temperature to 65-70 F and the light cycle to 10 hours as autumn arrives; daytime temperatures remain unchanged. Males are introduced to females’ enclosures at this time. Temperatures are returned to normal in 3-6 weeks. Clutch size ranges from 10-60 eggs. The incubation period is 65-70 days at 86-90 F and 95-100% humidity. The hatchlings average 16-20 inches long upon hatching.
Written by Frank Indiviglio
fantastic species, different colour mutations, Gentle Giants, larger snakes
bite, antibiotic shots, mouth rot, teeth, large enclosure
semi aboreal, high perches, gentle handling
Carpet Python - Morelia spilota
Carpet Pythons are amazing snakes to keep. I first started working with Carpet Pythons when I was about 14 years old. I wanted a Python that didn't get as big as Burmese Pythons and Reticulated Pythons but I still wanted a snake that was impressive and larger than most snakes. I love that these pythons spend so much time perched up in their branches. They are awesome display snakes and great with handling once they get to it. They are often quite snappy as babies but tame down really well. I think they are very underrated and with all the new color morphs that are coming out this is an exciting species to keep and breed and will continue to be. They do need bigger caging than most other snakes and can grow to just under 3 meters which is still big snake, but if you can provide them with a big cage, a warm spot on the one side and a large water bowl on the other, these snakes will make an amazing pets and a good pet..
From RobWedderburn Sep 27 2015 12:57PM
Jack the Carpet Python
Jack was the Carpet Python of my housemate. I really didn't enjoy it in the house. Jack was over 13ft long and was still growing when my housemate moved out. Further, Jack smelt terrible. Maintaining his habitat appeared difficult and he would not eat his rats unless they were animated which meant trying to agitate them like puppets so that he would show interest. This lead to his near escape several times.
Overall, I would only recommend this type of pet to somebody who will not find themselves in a communal living situation because I would not like to live with somebody who owns a Carpet Python again..
From alexcroker Jan 15 2015 1:45AM