Morelia spilota spilota and Morelia spilota macdowelli

Description

The Diamond Python occurs naturally between the Queensland and Victoria border and the Coastal Carpet Python occurs right down the east coast of Queensland and northern NSW. In the area between Coffs Harbour and Newcastle the colours of the pythons are not true to each subspecies, they are mixed, showing traits of both subspecies. This is known as an intergrade, not a hybird which is the result of two different species mating.

The females grow larger than the males, they can reach 8-9 feet in length. Described as semi-arboreal the climb shrub and rock faces, mostly moving around at night.

The Diamond Python has a moderate body and a board head which is noticeably wider than its neck. The colour of the back and sides are black to olive-black, with most individual scales bearing a cream or yellow spot. The average total length is 2 metres but can get up to 3 metres.

Bite

Non-venomous

Habitat

The Diamond Python is an inhabitant of rainforests and sclerophyll forests.

Diet

Mammals, birds, lizards and frogs.

Breeding

A female Diamond Python reproduces at 2-3 intervals. Approximately 20, but up to 54 eggs are produced per clutch. The female will increase her body temperature by producing "shivering" movements while coiled around the eggs.