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Carpet python

carpet python (Morelia spilota)
Mount Glorious, Queensland
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Morelia spilota - (Lacépède, 1804)
Pronunciation  more-AY-lee-ah   spill-OH-tah
Etymology  Morelia: unknown, but possibly after the town in Mexico.
spilota: 'spotted'.
Other names  Carpet snake
Inland rivers carpet python
Python spilotes 
Total length
Species avg: 240 cm
Clutch size
Average: 21
Range: 7 - 54
Length and clutch size information comes from a variety of sources, but primarily from Shine (1991) and Cogger (2000).
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos


Widespread across Australia. Also extralimital in lowland New Guinea.

Subspecies distributions
M. s. spilota - from about Gosford, New South Wales, south to north-eastern Victoria.
M. s. cheynei - the Wet Tropics bioregion of north-east Queensland.
M. s. imbricata - southern Western Australia, across the Nullarbor Plain into South Australia.
M. s. mcdowelli - eastern Australia, intergrading with M. s. spilota where they meet.
M. s. metcalfei - The Channel Country of central-western Queensland, and the Murray/Darling basin of inland New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.
M. s. variegata - The Kimberley region, Western Australia, the top end of the Northern Territory, and Cape York Peninsula. Also occurs in New Guinea.

Found in the following Australian states/territories

Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia


Wide variety of habitats, from the deserts of central Australia to the rainforests of north Queensland.

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