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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. www.qm.qld.gov.au
Spotted on Mar 27, 2012
Submitted on Apr 4, 2012
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