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Diamond python

Morelia spilota

Description:

This handsome creature was about 3.5metres long.
Possibly slower than usual due to the cold but still way too big to measure directly. ;-)

Habitat:

Resting on a rear deck in a semi urban area adjacent to eucalyptus dominated bushland.

Notes:

This photo was taken by my brother near his home just inland from Noosa, Queensland.
They typically remain motionless in a camouflaged position and then strike suddenly at passing prey although this one had chosen a very poor camo backdrop.
The genus Morelia (tree python) has seven species and is found in Australia, New Guinea and Indonesia. It has a distinctive pattern of a black background with cream or yellow spots and blotches but can be variable. The area is inhabited by two subspecies of the six in Australia but I think these markings are distinctively 'spilota' not 'mcdowelli'.
Active by day or night... this one probably waiting to check out the chooks in the back yard pen. Weather is unusually cold currently - 13C.
Known as "carpet" python in Australia because some people like to keep one as a pet in the car ;-)

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4 Comments

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 2 months ago

Chooks will bring the rodents, and both are faves for a happy and healthy python. I really like the Aussie fact at the end of your notes too, Mark!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 4 months ago

Handsome indeed. How could I miss this one?

Deny
Deny 9 months ago

Amazing !

Jae
Jae 9 months ago

Wow what a beauty! Your brother is lucky with such a neighbour :)

Mark Ridgway
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Mark Ridgway

Tinbeerwah, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Aug 23, 2020
Submitted on Aug 24, 2020

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