Diamond Python

Scientific name: Morelia spilota spilota
Conservation Status: Least concern
Body Length: 2–3 m
Weight: 2–5 kg
Incubation: 7 weeks
Number of eggs: 15–20

Distribution: Coastal areas of New South Wales
Habitat: Urban areas, forest, woodlands and heath

Description: Diamond Pythons are large, dark grey to black snakes with cream and yellow markings over their back and abdomen. The clusters of spots on their scales can often form a rough diamond-shaped pattern.

Diet: Diamond Pythons are carnivores, feeding on warm-blooded prey including mammals, such as rodents, possums and fruit bats, and birds.

In the wild: Diamond Pythons usually go undetected due to their nocturnal, slow- moving habits. During the day they can be seen lying in trees. Diamond Pythons often nest in the roofs of private homes. They pose no threat to humans and eat unwanted rodents. The python moves on to the next house once the food supply has been exhausted. Female Diamond Pythons, like many other pythons, care for their eggs, coiling themselves around them to maintain constant temperature until they hatch.

Threats: The Diamond Python is not considered under threat but is under pressure from habitat destruction.

At Perth Zoo: The Diamond Python can be found in the Reptile Encounter.

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