Species group: Boas, Anacondas and Pythons
Other common names: Queensland Carpet Python; Eastern Carpet Python; McDowell's Carpet Python; Jungle Carpet Python; Tiger Carpet Python
Scientific name: Morelia spilota mcdowelli
Coastal Carpet Pythons are native to Australia and found along the coastal areas of Queensland, westward and up to the northeastern areas of New South Wales. There are a number of morphs of Morelia spilota mcdowelli which are very popular in the trade, including the Jungle Carpet Python and the Tiger Carpet Python.
Appearance / health:
Among the Carpet Python species, the Coastal Carpet Python is the largest. Females grow to an average of 8 feet in length, but record lengths have shown from 9 to 14 feet. Mature individuals are stocky, with large triangular heads. Common colorations are a black base color with various patterns in shades of brown.
Behavior / temperament:
Mostly non-aggressive, the Coastal Carpet Python is a popular pet because it is easy to care for. It doesn’t grow too big like other pythons. It is nocturnal, therefore, activity and feeding happens after sunset. Coastal Carpet Pythons are also known to become tamer as they mature, especially captive bred ones raised with gentle handling. Lifespan is recorded at 10-30 years.
Coastal Carpet Pythons are semi-arboreal, requiring sturdy branches or perches in the enclosure for climbing. The snakes are happy and feel more secure in average-sized tall terrariums. Larger enclosures are recommended for mature snakes. The cage needs to have a hiding place and a stable water dish that is large enough to allow them to soak when desired. Day temp: 85-90F; night temp: 75-80F; moderate humidity.
Coastal Carpet Pythons are said to be not too particular about caging and humidity (except when shedding). The enclosure should be appropriate for the size of the snake and cleaned regularly to avoid mite infestation. Water should be refreshed daily.
As with other Carpet Pythons, the Coastal Carpet Python’s main diet is small mammals. They appreciate live or frozen mice and rats, but also feed on birds, bats, and lizards.
Coastal Carpet Pythons are oviparous, laying an average of two dozen eggs per clutch. Mating occurs from February to May, eggs laid after three months, and hatchlings appear in 50-55 days. The female coils around the eggs to incubate them until they hatch.
pretty snake, great pets, experienced handler, sweet beautiful snake, good eaters
health issues, high humidity animals
Boudreaux the Coastal Carpet
This is my first Morelia and I am very impressed. He likes to hang out on the branches in plane view and watch everyone. He has bumped me a few times but he has never bitten me. Overall great snake. .
From Tim-Tomahawk Jul 11 2019 7:45AM
Coastal Carpet Python
Coastal carpet pythons have really beautiful markings, even before you get into all the different morphs. They are just a pretty snake to look at.
Care is easy, whether you're an experienced handler or not. They do need high humidity, and can be prone to health issues if you don't maintain it (like many other snakes). I'm a big fan of misting systems for high humidity animals, they are really worth the investment.
One thing I remember is how quickly they grow. Perhaps because the coastal carpet python came into our lives when it was really young (I seem to get mostly sub-adult snakes, since many of them are rescues), or maybe they do really just grow fast, I can't say. All I know is that the snake seemed noticeably bigger each time I saw it.
As with all snakes, make sure there is a hide available. I usually like to have at least two - one in the cool end of the tank and one in the warm end. A water dish large enough for the snake to soak is important too..
From NomadMorgan Jul 10 2015 3:45PM