Morelia kinghorni

Description

The Australian Scrub Python has a moderately slender body and a long head, wider than its neck. The colour of the back and sides is yellowish to golden with numerous ragged blackish bands that may form a net-like pattern.

Distribution

The Scrub Python is found in northern Queensland from Townsville to the tip of Cape York Peninsula. This species is restricted to the eastern side of the Great Dividing Ranges.

Lifespan

The lifespan of many of our reptiles has not been studied in great detail, many are considered to live an average of 20 - 30 years.

Size

Scrub Python are the largest Python species in Australia while they are known to frequently reach 5 metres in length there are unconfirmed records of them attain lengths of 8 metres.

Diet

Mammals and birds.

Habitat

Inhabits rainforest, sclerophyll forests and humid woodland of Far North Queensland.

Breeding

A female lays 5-17 eggs per clutch. She broods the eggs by coiling about them and produces "shivering" movements to keep them warm.

Bite

Non-venomous