Morelia spilota — Carpet Python
Subspecies I've seen:
M. s. mcdowelli
Eastern Carpet Python
Morelia spilota mcdowelli — Eastern Carpet Python
Imagine my surprise when I glanced up from photographing a tiny skink to see this a few feet away. Fortunately for me it was very calmly digesting what appeared to be a substantial meal, so it cooperated nicely for my camera. I don't have much experience estimating the size of very large snakes, but I'm guessing this one was between ten and twelve feet long.
Here is a complete list of the reptiles and frogs I saw on this trip to Australia.
The next day I spotted this beautiful individual well-camouflaged in the leaf litter at the side of the road. Though much smaller than the one I'd seen the previous day, it was still a good-sized snake, perhaps six or seven feet long.
- Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles & Amphibians of Australia, Seventh Edition
- Hoser, R. T. 1989. Australian Reptiles & Frogs
- Swan, G. 1995. A Photographic Guide to Snakes & Other Reptiles of Australia
- Wilson, S. K., Knowles, D. 1988. Australia's Reptiles: A Photographic Reference to the Terrestrial Reptiles of Australia