name(s): Coastal Carpet Pythons
Latin name: Morelia Spilota McDowelli
Native to: Australia, they are found
along the northeast corner of new south wales and all along the coast
of Queensland they range westward well past the great dividing range.
Adult size: Coastal Carpet Pythons are the largest of all the
carpet python species. As with most other python species females get bigger
then males attaining lengths of 8 to 9 feet. A wild caught female found
in 1970 holds the record length at just under 14 feet. Larger older specimans
of coastal carpets become heavy bodied and grow large triangular shaped
heads and are very impressive looking snakes indeed.
Span: Captive Life Span of 20 - 30 years for larger females.
Eggs: Clutch 20-30 eggs. Average 24 eggs/clutch.
incubation time: 50-55 days
Average incubation temp: 88F-90F degrees
Hatchling coastal Carpets are attractively patterned and colored.
They are easily started on small mice and can grow rapidly. Babies are
much more aborial than adults and will use a pearch often, if provided.
Coastal Carpet Pythons reach sexual maturity at about 2-1/2 to 3 years
and will lay large clutches of 20 to 30 eggs depending upon the size of
the female. Babies can be a little snappy, but settle down quickly as
they grow. Adults are calm and are a pleasure to handle.
Coastal Carpets are a great choice for someone looking for a large impressive
snake. They don't attain the massive bulk of a burmese python and are
far less common than a boa.