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Coastal Carpet Python

Morelia spilota mcdowelli


This beautiful carpet python was spotted in the Lamington National Park, Queensland, Australia. This large species of python can reach between 2 to 4 metres (6.6 to 13 ft) in length and weigh up to 15 kilograms (33 lb). Check the extra shots and marvel at the whole length of the snake!


Sub-tropical rainforest. Found in Australia in eastern Queensland and northeastern New South Wales.


This python is mostly olive with dark-edged, fawn cross-bands, blotches and stripes. The pattern and colour are variable. Mid-body scales are in 40-60 rows, and head-scales are bead-like and arranged irregularly. The scales along the lower jaw are pitted (this can be seen on shot 1 and 2) and heat-sensitive, and the snake can detect changes in temperature of a fraction of a degree. These help the snake in detecting its warm-bodied preys (possums, flying foxes, birds and unfortunate house pets). Cane toads are fatal to them. This species has an unpredictable behavior and can be aggressive (as in the case of a female protecting her eggs), and can inflict a nasty bite. Notice how the snake is coiled at the head. Ref. Wildlife of Greater Brisbane, 2007.

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41 Comments (1–25)

DanielePralong a year ago

Thanks Stephen. If not him in person some of his relatives I hope!

StephenSolomons a year ago

This is a beautiful snake Daniele. I hope it is there when you visit again!

DanielePralong a year ago

Thanks Dez! What was thrilling about this one was its size and the fact that ta was found is such a pristine environment.

Smith'sZoo a year ago

We have not come across a snake in the wild yet, only brown house snakes in our garden - meals for our local Fiscal family. We only found a Puff adder that escaped its enclosure at a reptile park - but was still behind glass. Either way, and encounter in the wild must be thrilling!

DanielePralong 2 years ago

Thanks Dez! This has been my most memorable encounter this year so far!

Smith'sZoo 2 years ago

Great find!

DanielePralong 2 years ago

Thank you LD50 Photography. They can reach an impressive size:-) Welcome to Project Noah.

LD50 Photography
LD50 Photography 2 years ago

Carpets are some of my favorite snakes. Very cool shots!

DanielePralong 2 years ago

Thank you JoshuaAsel!

Joshua Asel
Joshua Asel 2 years ago

DUDE!! thats totally awesome :D

DanielePralong 2 years ago

Thanks Stian! Spotted not so far from the cute pademelons, and I bet he's had a few of those for lunch in the past...

Stian Waaler
Stian Waaler 2 years ago

Wow, great pictures..

DanielePralong 2 years ago

Thanks Neil!

NeilDazet 2 years ago


DanielePralong 2 years ago

Thanks Karen!

KarenL 2 years ago

Great series Daniele!

DanielePralong 2 years ago

Thank you Dan and Gordon! These shots were actually hard and have a bit bit too much noise to my liking as result of boosting the ISO. It's very dark in the rainforest even in the middle of the day... We called him Bruce by the way :-)

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 2 years ago

Great series!

dandoucette 2 years ago

Awesome spot! Looks huge! I agree with Ashish about the second pic.

DanielePralong 2 years ago

Thanks Scott and Ashish!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 2 years ago

I think second picture is very striking.. need to put on front...

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 2 years ago

Very nice addition!

DanielePralong 2 years ago

Added the python's tail as an insert to the last shot. Too much python length for only 6 shots:-)

DanielePralong 2 years ago

Thanks Nopayahnah!

Maria dB
Maria dB 2 years ago

wonderful series!

New South Wales, Australia

Lat: -28.25, Long: 153.14

Spotted on Mar 27, 2012
Submitted on Apr 4, 2012

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