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Morelia spilota spilota
A subspecies of Carpet Python (Morelia spilota), popularly known as the Diamond Python. It is a medium-to-large snake, and the average adult size of this subspecies is usually between 2 - 3 meters. The diamond python's range is from coastal areas of New South Wales, where it gradually merges with the carpet python in the area north of Newcastle, and as far south as Victoria. The two subspecies will interbreed where they overlap. My first encounter with this species, and it was in the wild.
Found this python sunning itself on a log amongst thick vegetation, only meters from the sand dunes and beach of Maitland Bay in Bouddi National Park. Thick coastal heathlands and rocky outcrops are a favourite of this species, and Bouddi has plenty of that. http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/nation...
This spotting was on the NSW Central Coast just north of Sydney. Thanks to PN Ranger MartinL for also confirming to me his spotting in North Central Victoria.
Spotted on Oct 6, 2014
Submitted on Oct 20, 2014
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