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COASTAL CARPET PYTHON
(or Coastal Carpet Snake, includes Brisbane Carpet Snakes)
Morelia spilota mcdowelli
 Coastal Carpet python Morelia spilota mcdowelli 

Reptiles of Australia
Distribution of the Coastal Carpet Python Morelia spilota mcdowelli is Yellow in the map above and is approximate only!
Note that the distribution map is a very rough guide only, in some areas there are intergrades between the subspecies, and snakes from those areas may be hard to categorize as they may have characteristics of more than one subspecies.
Also note that the Centralian Carpet Snake, Morelia bredli was downgraded to a subspecies for a while but has now regained its full species status and is not shown on this map, - Click here for distribution map of Morelia bredli

Coastal Carpet python Morelia spilota mcdowelli
Captive sub-adult Coastal Carpet Python Morelia spilota mcdowelli

Captive young adult Coastal Carpet python Morelia spilota mcdowelli constricting a mouse
Captive young adult Coastal Carpet Python Morelia spilota mcdowelli constricting a mouse

Coffs Carpet Python Coastal Carpet python Morelia spilota
This is a young "Coffs Carpet Python", it was captive bred from local "Coffs Carpet Pythons".
In the Coffs Harbour region the Carpet Snakes may have some Diamond Python Morelia spilota spilota characteristics, and are classed an intergrade, however intergrades from further south (e.g. Port Macquarie) have a lot more Diamond Python Diamond Python Morelia spilota spilota characteristics, and are more typical of Carpet/Diamond Intergrades

Jaguar Carpet Python
Jaguar Carpet Python Morelia spilota mcdowelli (Morph) at the Reptile Zoo California.
The Jaguar Carpet Python was selectively bred from Coastal carpet pythons. Although carpet pythons color and pattern varies considerably in the wild, Jaguar Carpet Pythons do not occur naturally in the wild. Jaguars have also been crossed with other carpet python subspecies.
Jaguar Carpet Pythons also often carry a defective gene which causes unnatural movement when the snake is stressed.

Diamond Pythons intergrade with Coastal Carpet Pythons Morelia spilota mcdowelli. The 2 subspecies evolved separately but then at a much later time the populations started interbreeding at the southern region of the Coastal carpet python Range and the northern region of the Diamond python Range.

Carpet/Diamond Intergrade sign
This sign on the boardwalk at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre, Port Macquarie, NSW, shows a photo of a Carpet/Diamond Intergrade

Typical Carpet/Diamond Intergrades occur somewhere around Port Macquarie, however various forms of Carpet/Diamond Intergrades occur in many regions along the coast of Northern NSW

LINKS OF INTEREST

Click here for a complete list of Australian Pythons

INFORMATION ABOUT AUSTRALIAN PYTHONS
Australianherpetology.com

PYTHON SPECIES OF THE WORLD
Australianherpetology.com

BOA SPECIES OF THE WORLD
Australianherpetology.com

Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia 7th Edition.jpg A Complete Guide to Reptiles of Australia 5th edition Edition

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Updated April 10, 2019

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