Diamond Carpet Python

Morelia spilota spilota

Avg. Length: 2.5 (m)

Temp: 26-33°C under the heat source

Min. Cage Size: 1200L x W450 x H900 (mm)

Feeding: 1 adult rat every 7-10 days

Experience: Beginner

Quite simply, Diamond Carpet Pythons are a beautiful snake, inside and out. Their olive green background colour and the yellow blotching can vary from large rosettes to a sprinkling of yellow right across the body. A good Diamond is without doubt one of the worlds most stunning looking pythons.

As a semi-arboreal species, Diamonds like to have a cage furnished with some form of branches to climb on. It’s also a good idea to offer hides in branches as well as on the ground. Bird breeding boxes can make a good hide, as the animal is easily accessible with the lid opening up. As juveniles, commercially produced finch nests can be used successfully; however, care must be taken removing them from these to not stress the snake by forcefully dragging them out.

Diamonds are basically the southern species of the carpet pythons, and as such should be kept cooler than their northern cousins. Generally they are a docile snake that does very well in captivity. Many long term captives suffer from Diamond Pythons Syndrome, or DPS. It causes a loss of muscle tone, and eventually leads to the snake’s death. Initially thought to be due to a lack of UV light, we now know that prolonged periods at high temperatures are the cause

A good looking Diamond is one of the most beautiful naturally occurring snakes in the world. There is also a Northern Rainforest variation found (as the name implies) towards the northern extreme of their range where they start to cross over with Coastal Carpets.

Photo courtesy of Snake Ranch
adult diamond python

representative image of diamond python hatchling 

representative image of diamond python hatchling 

representative image of diamond python hatchling

striped specimen from Taree, NSW
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