Centralian Carpet Python

Morelia spilota bredli

Avg. Length: 2 (m)

Temp: 28-36°C on the heat source

Min. Cage Size: 1200L x 600W x 500H (mm)

Feeding: 1 rat every 7 days

Experience: Beginner

The Centralian Carpet Python, or Bredl's as it's often referred to, is found amongst the rocky outcrops of inland Australia. Described by well-known herpetologist Graeme Gow in 1981, the snake was named after his friend and fellow herpetologist Joe Bredl who's son Rob, "The Barefoot Bushman" is carrying on the family tradition to this day.

Bredl's are one of the larger species within the carpet python complex, reaching lengths in excess of 2.5m, though it's often the girth of these gentle giants that makes them so impressive.

Fortunately Bredl's are very well-mannered in captivity and very easy to keep. In fact, they come pretty close to being the ideal choice for someone looking for a member of the Carpet Python group. Hatchlings can be a little touchy and deliver the odd defensive nip, perhaps reflecting the need for a quick defense against so many predators in the Central Australian gorges. It is very rare to acquire a Bredl's that isn't settled in happily by the time it is one year old, otherwise known as a 'yearling'.

A hypomelanistic colour variety of this species is now readily available. This removes most of the black coloration, creating a truly beautiful bright red and cream snake.

 

adult Bredl's python
adult Bredl's python

eight months old 'hypo' Bredl's python
eight months old 'hypo' Bredl's python
representative image of Bredl's python hatchling
representative image of Bredl's python hatchling
representative image of Bredl's python hatchling
representative image of Bredl's python hatchling

 

a three month old 'classic' Bredl's python
a three month old 'classic' Bredl's python

 

an eight month old 'classic' Bredl's python
an eight month old 'classic' Bredl's python

 representative image of  hatchling 'hypo' Bredl's python
representative image of  hatchling 'hypo' Bredl's python
 five months old 'hypo' Bredl's python
five months old 'hypo' Bredl's python

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