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However the Broad-Headed Snake (Hoplocephalus bungaroides) which is a dangerous dangerous species may be mistaken for this species!

DIAMOND PYTHON
Morelia spilota spilota

Display animal at Tidbinbilla Reserve ACT - however Diamond Pythons (Morelia spilota spilota) do not naturally occur in the Canberra region.

Diamond python Morelia spilota spilota map  
Distribution of Diamond Pythons (Morelia spilota spilota) is Green in the map above and is approximate only!
Note that those in Northern NSW are intergrades between Diamond Pythons and Coastal Carpet Pythons Morelia spilota mcdowelli and show a larger percentage of Coastal Carpet Python patterning as they approach Qld.

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


Diamond Python (Morelia spilota spilota) photographed at Ku-ring-gai Chase, NSW (notice that this snake has a tick on the top of its nose!) - this snake was taken off the road at night as I was concerned about its safety, however about half an hour later when I drove back down the same road, it was basking in the same spot so I moved it off the road again!


This Diamond Python (Morelia spilota spilota) was photographed in the pouring rain, near Dharug National Park, NSW


Diamond python Morelia spilota spilota
This Diamond python (Morelia spilota spilota) is from Gosford, NSW.


Diamond python Morelia spilota spilota
Hatchling Diamond Pythons (Morelia spilota spilota) generally become much more colorful as as adults.

Diamond Pythons (Morelia spilota spilota) intergrade with Coastal Carpet Pythons (Morelia spilota mcdowelli) .
Many people believe that 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

Adult female Carpet/Diamond Intergrade from Coffs Harbour
Adult female Carpet/Diamond Intergrade from Coffs Harbour


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INFORMATION ABOUT AUSTRALIAN PYTHONS
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