COMMON NAME: Jungle Python
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Morelia Spilota Cheynei
SIZE (cm): 250
Medium-sized python, not thick-bodied.
The head has been likened to the head of a dragon. Jungles have a prehensile
tail which aids them in arboreal pursuits. They are not fully aboral
like the tree boas and pythons but they will climb on occasion. The
brightest jungle carpet python is jet black with bright yellow markings
and a pure-white underside. Average colours are yellow-tan blotches
on a black base with a pure-white underside. Neonates are tan, black,
and white and will lighten with each shed, reaching adult colour by
age two or three. Some specimens have been known to darken with each
shed; if you want a bright individual view the parents first, or buy
a one- or two-year-old snake. This is a nocturnal snake, feeding, shedding,
and generally most active during the night.
PREFERRED HABITAT: Jungle Carpet Pythons come from
a small area in Northern Queensland in Australia, more commonly referred
to as the Atherton Tableland.
MICROHABITAT: Found in a variety of habitats, from
rainforest to open savannah woodland, monsoon forest, secondary regrowth
and scrubby vegetation on coral cays.
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