Morelia spilota

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Photo Courtesy of: Haley Burgess

(Carpet Python)




Morelia spilota

Common name(s)

Carpet Python

Carpet snake

Main colour(s)

Brown with cream blotches

Body size

Up to 4 m

Life span

20 years


Orpheus Island Research Station


The carpet python has many variations in its color. It can range from pale to dark brown, green or greyish. The abdomen is mostly brown with small creamy blotches and the belly is paled cream or yellow.


This snake is widespread through Australia and is found in a variety of habitats. It is often found in trees and can sometimes live in other animals' burrow. The pythons is often seen on the OIRS track or curled around building steps on warm days.


They prey on mammals, frogs, birds and amphibians. They are mainly active at night.

Danger Level and First Aid

This is a non-venomous snake.

Sites where this species can be found at OIRS

Throughout Orpheus Island

Research that has been undertaken at OIRS


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Mette Due Nielsen