Scrub Python

Scrub Python

Check out Australia Zoo’s Scrub Python!

Don’t miss Australia’s largest python species, right here at Australia Zoo; the scrub python. Keep your camera handy because these impressive reptiles can be spotted in our Reptile House!

 

Scrub Python with head floating as body is on a branch.

 

The scrub python is found throughout the tropical rainforests of far north Queensland, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. They are the largest snake species to call Australia home. They can reach up to eight metres long and weigh in excess of 25 kilograms!

 

These impressive hunters are often spotted under the cover of darkness in search of their prey. Scrub pythons are non-venomous. They will use their large teeth to secure their prey, before wrapping their muscular body into coils, suffocating and consuming their prey whole! On the menu for these reptiles are rodents, fruit bats, possums, even animals as large as juvenile kangaroos. Crikey!

 

Scrub Python sticking their tongue out at the camera.

 

The female scrub python is a very protective mother! She will lay up to 20 eggs and coil herself on top of them to generate heat. This also prevents animals such as goannas and feral pigs preying on them.

 

Profile view of a Scrub Python hanging in the air.

 

Scrub pythons are a force to be reckoned with! They often have a feisty attitude to back their enormous size! They are a species of least concern. You little ripper!

  • Class of animal icon
    Class

    Reptilia

  • Genus of animal icon
    Genus

    Simalia

  • Species of animal icon
    Species

    kinghorni

  • height of animal icon
    Length

    5 - 8 metres

  • weight of animal icon
    Weight

    Up to 25 kilograms

  • diet of animal icon
    Diet

    Carnivore

  • gestation of animal icon
    Incubation

    80 - 90 days