Under The Lens: Coastal Carpet Snake

Name: Coastal Carpet Python/ Morelia Spilota

Physical Appearance:

Describing the physical appearance of this snake species is quite difficult; it’s not one colour, weight or size. Instead this snake comes in a variety of shades and styles. If you’re unable to determine what type of snake you’ve encountered, and whether or not it’s a Coastal Carpet Python, a pest specialist/snake catcher will be of the best assistance.

Colours: Green Tones, Yellow Tones, Brown Tones, and black (variations are common)

Length: Between 6ft-10ft (this also varies significantly)

Weight: Can reach up to 14-15kg

Pattern: Spots/round markings along body with a base colour underneath

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Location:

  • Primarily East Coast of Australia
  • Distribution of this species is one of the widest of all snake types

Natural Habitat:

When talking about the habitat of this snake species there is a few factors to consider, specifically their preferred habitat, and actual common habitat areas. Snakes, like most other reptiles and animals are akin to the natural environment, but with manmade structures built everyday they’re able to adapt their home life.

Preferably you’ll find that Coastal Carpet Pythons prefer the natural surrounds of forests (eucalypt & rainforests), rural areas, parks and gardens. However the reason for getting to know this snake type is because it can find itself bunkered up in man-made structures. Sometimes people will find the Coastal Carpet Python in chicken pens, rabbit hutches, sheds, attics and more.

Diet and Lifestyle:

When it comes to the feeding habitats of this particular snake there are many options on the menu. Basically you’ll find the Coastal Carpet Python will eat any small mammal available for capture.

  • Birds
  • Lizards
  • Frogs
  • Reptiles

No, the diet doesn’t consist of humans, for those wondering.

Additional Facts:

  • Many people keep these particular snakes as pets in captivity
  • Non-Venomous
  • Unlike some reptiles the female snake will protect her eggs viciously, but once young are hatched the mother will leave them to fend for themselves.

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If you come across the Coastal Carpet Snake you shouldn’t attack or threaten, as the snake will react adversely to this action. Although they’re non-venomous snakes they are fiercely strong and their bite can cause infections. It’s recommended that you seek a health professional if you’re bitten.

In order to remove the snake from your property make sure you contact a snake catcher or pest professional. Professionals have the right experience and equipment to undertake this process safely.

Sources Include: QLD Government Website, Wires Northern Rivers and Queensland Museum.