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REPTILES - SCRUB PYTHON

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(Morelia amesthistina)

Growing up to seven metres in length, the Scrub Python’s muscular body makes for them adept tree climbers. These snakes spend much of their time in trees, waiting for the perfect prey ambush. Having such a large head in comparison to its narrow body, allows adults to take on large prey. Scrub Pythons have yellow-brown or purple-brown crossbars and blotches of cream to brown on their body. Like all pythons, Scrub Pythons lay eggs. The female will coil around her eggs, occasionally shivering to maintain temperatures at an optimum level for embryo development (approximately 30 degrees Celsius). This snake is definitely the king of Australian pythons.

Habitat

Scrub Pythons are native to Australia and live in a variety of habitats, preferring slopes, ranges and tablelands with rainforests, vine thickets and monsoon forests. Scrub Pythons can also be found in New Guinea.

Diet

Scrub Pythons are Australia’s longest snake. Just to give you idea of how big they can grow, Scrub Pythons in the rainforests of northern Queensland have been known to take on food items as large as a full grown wallaby! A Scrub Python’s diet consists of primarily mammals and birds.

Behaviour

The Scrub Python is also well known for his grumpy attitude. It doesn’t take much to get this bloke upset! Generally they are a very shy python who does not like to be disturbed. They will hiss loudly when aroused, but won’t bite unless provoked.

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Display Status

Off DisplayOur Amazing Scrub-python(s) are currently off display