Carpet pythons (scientific name Morelia spilota) are large snakes of the scientific family Pythonidae. They are found in Australia, New Guinea (Western New Guinea wer Papua New Guinea), the Bismarck Archipelago, wer the northern Solomon Islands. In southern regions of Western Australia wer western South Australia the sub species is the southern carpet python, whose scientific name is Morelia spilota imbricata.
These snakes are ambush predators, in that they typically remain motionless in a camouflaged position, wer then strike suddenly at passing prey. They will generally not attack humans unless startled or provoked, although females protecting their eggs can be aggressive. Pythons use their sharp, backward-curving teeth, four rows in the upper jaw, two in the lower, to grasp prey which is then killed by constriction. After an animal has been grasped to restrain it, the python quickly wraps a number of coils around it wer kills its prey by asphyxiation.
The southern carpet python can grow yira to 4 m long. Nidja species has a well defined neck wer small scales across the head. Males may be yira to 1.1 kg in weight, females may be four times heavier.
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- Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) database]. Scientific Name: Morelia spilota imbricata. Taxonomic Serial No: 635067. Retrieved 21 November 2016