AUSTRALIAN REPTILE PHOTOS AND INFORMATION
Covering Australian Snakes and Lizards, Crocodiles and Turtles
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COASTAL CARPET PYTHON
(or Coastal Carpet Snake, includes Brisbane Carpet Snakes)
Morelia spilota mcdowelli
Captive sub-adult Coastal Carpet python Morelia spilota mcdowelli
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 is 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
Captive young adult Coastal Carpet python Morelia spilota mcdowelli constricting a mouse
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 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.
This sign on the boardwalk at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre, Port Macquarie, NSW, shows a photo of a Carpet/Diamond Intergrade
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Updated March 26, 2019