Jungle Carpet Python

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ANIMAL:                              Jungle Carpet Python          Morelia cheynei
Type of Animal: Boa/Python
Habitat: Tropical/subtropical forests
Location(s): NE Queensland
Appearance: Females larger than males, yellow ground color w/ black blotches, spots blotchier on adults, different morphs in captivity such as tigers & zebras, hatchlings start drab gray-and-black
Food/Diet: Mammals up to size of puppies, birds, lizards
Status in Wild: Stable
Conservation: Breeding in zoos, wildlife centers, & breeders
Lifestyle: Solitary
Additional Info:
Males: Females: Young: Group:
Called: Male Female Hatchling Solitary
Weight: 3.3 lbs 5.5 lbs Gestation:

 

Life Span:

1.5-2 months
Height: N/A N/A
Body Length: 5 ft 7 ft 2.5 ft 20 years
Tail Length: 1.5 ft Same
Main predators of adults are crocodilians & large eagles. Other birds of prey eat young.
Valued for keeping rodent populations in check but sometimes killed for eating chickens & on rarer occasions, puppies.
They’re semi-arboreal.
Males often stop feeding during breeding season.
Females lay 8-28 eggs per clutch.
Even though not warm-blooded, females can raise body temps by twitching muscles.
Sexually mature at 2.5-3 years.
Females usually nest in tree hollows.
Males use spurs near base of tail during courtship/mating.
Hunted for skins/leather & for preying on chickens.
Like all pythons, they kill prey by constricting & swallowing whole.
Males fight by wrestling each other.
Fun Fact(s): Young snakes rather nippy but adults tend to be fairly docile. Some adults stay aggressive.
These snakes can be good pets for intermediate reptile keepers.
They have a very strong feeding response.
The scientific name, cheynei, named in honor of Cheyne Wellington, who helped classify this snake.
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One response to this post.

  1. easily my favorite snakes to keep. They have so much personality compared to other species in the hobby!

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