Berber (hatch date 1995)
20 yrs. (captive), 10yrs. (wild)
Mice, rats, other snakes, eggs, birds, marsupials
Man, monkeys, snakes, raptors
Australia & New Guinea.
Coastal Rainforests to central deserts.
Pythons are related to Boa Constrictors from the New World. They get quite long and have large bodies as adults.
Carpet Pythons do not make good pets. The young snakes are very “nippy” and may strike unprovoked. Pythons feed on nuisance animals such as mice and rats and are also prey (young snakes especially) for other predators. They are arboreal, which means that they spend most of their time in the trees.
Carpet Pythons are egg-laying reptiles. Females lay up to 18 eggs per clutch. The hatchlings emerge in 40 days. Females incubate the eggs by coiling around them & twitching their muscles to warm the eggs.
Over-collection of carpet pythons for the pet trade is contributing to their population decline.
ANIMAL FUN FACT!
The name Carpet Python comes from their patterned skin which looks like an Oriental Rug.