Australian Python Species

 

Australian Python Species

Carpet snakes or Carpet Pythons are harmless despite their looks and they are extremely diverse in colour and pattern.  Most adults will be an olive green or brown colour, with pale, dark-edged blotches, stripes or cross-bands.  The juveniles are similarly patterned, but often in shades of brown rather than olive green.

“The Place of the Carpet Snake”

Carpet snakes grow to more than 3 meters. Carpet snakes are named after the distinctive patterned skin of the species. The patterns in the photos show blotches, cross bands, stripes and combinations of these markings.

carpet snake living in Caboolture
Close up of the markings of the Carpet Snake

 

 

This member of the Australian Python species is one of beige or brown colour and has grey, blackish, rust, yellow or gold markings.

The carpet snake is nonvenomous however bites are often followed by infection and tetanus cover is recommended. A number of races or subspecies of carpet snake are recognised in different geographic regions of Australia.

Caboolture is a city North of Brisbane on the way to Sunshine Coast.

Kabultur (Caboolture) is the tradition language word in that area for “Place of the Carpet Snake”

Photo: Carpet snake by Amanda
Camouflaged Australian Carpet Python

 

While we were living in Caboolture we found a very large carpet snake feeding out of our wheelie bin. These snakes are often found around farms where they enjoy easy hunting and eat the mice and rats. They will eat chickens and their eggs if they can get them.

If you have any photos of carpet snakes we would love to see them – just reply in the comment box below

Thanks

Amanda

3 thoughts on “Australian Python Species

  1. I loved your poem about the bird. it might sound weird but i can relate. its good to know those snakes are harmless to us. im sure i would still freak out tho. great info and i learned quite a bit from your site

    1. Thanks for your comments Sharren, I hope you will visit again. There are a lot more interesting posts coming
      Amanda

  2. I loved your poem about the bird. it might sound weird but i can relate. its good to know those snakes are harmless to us. im sure i would still freak out tho. great info and i learned quite a bit from your site

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