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Amethystine Python

Morelia kinghorni


Around 3 - 4 meters ! Brown, yellowish and very docile. We took it away from the road and drag it safely to the bush


These include the wetter tropical rainforests, monsoon forests and vine forests.


There is no record of Amethystine Pythons being a danger to human beings and will do everything possible to avoid human contact. Night time gives pythons a distinct advantage. Apart from smell, they rely on heat-sensing organs below their jaws to detect warmth radiating from bird and mammal prey. During the day, ground heated by the sun confuses this heat-picture, but at night, when the surroundings are cool, a potential warm dinner stands out. (Source: Australian Department of Environment)

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Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 8 years ago

Thanks, Melanie

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 8 years ago

Nice spotting, Melanie. Never seen one of these pythons before. Looks pretty big too. And cheers for the info :-)

MelanieAustralia 8 years ago

Cheers SFrazier, I update the name :)

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 8 years ago

Hello. All of the Australian mainland Morelia amethistina are now considered Morelia kinghorni (a former subspecies).

KevinBBabbitt 9 years ago

Wow! thats a find of a life time!!

MelanieAustralia 9 years ago


ShannaB 9 years ago

Well done! : )

NeilDazet 9 years ago

Wow! That is a big snake! Thanks for moving him from the road!

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Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Jul 17, 2010
Submitted on Jun 17, 2012

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