Carpet Pythons (Morelia spilota) are the most commonly encountered snake throughout Brisbane. This slow moving python is non-venomous and great for keeping rodent numbers down.
Carpet snakes vary greatly in colour and pattern. Adults are mostly olive green, with pale, dark-edged blotches, stripes or cross-bands. Juveniles often present with shades of brown with similar patterns. This species can grow to more than 3 meters in length.
Generally placid, Carpet Pythons can deliver a nasty bite if frightened or disturbed. They kill their prey by constricting it until it suffocates.
Frogs, lizards, rodents, birds, pretty much any small mammal including household pets are on the Carpet Python’s menu. Sadly, many of our call outs involve chicken coups and guinea pig cages where the snake has managed to get inside, take his prey and become stuck due to their increased stomach size.
Distribution and Habitat
All suburbs from Caboolture, Moreton Bay, Brisbane, to Logan and Ipswich. The Carpet Python can be found in trees, on the ground and in houses. They are mainly active at night they are often seen basking in the sun, especially after rainy periods. Up to 50% of households have a python living in their roof.