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Darwin Carpet Python

Scientific name
Morelia spilota variegata

NT Conservation Status

status least concern
Darwin Carpet python

Distribution map
Distribution map Darwin Carpet python

Length Growing from 2-4 metres

Factsheet Northern Carpet Python


Northern Carpet Pythons are non-venomous and relatively slender with a medium build which are highly variable in colour but usually have strong banded markings of brown, black and tan-gold.


Described as semi-arboreal, they are generally nocturnal predators feeding on small mammals and birds. Often seen on Top End roads at night especially in the Wet season (October-May).


Females lay 10-50 eggs at a time. Afterward, females coil around the eggs to protect them and keep them warm through using muscular contractions to generate heat.


Northern Carpet Pythons are found in Northern Australia from the Kimberley Region to North Western Queensland, in open forests, woodlands and savannah.


Habitat loss, fire, feral dogs, humans, feral cats

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