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COASTAL CARPET PYTHON – (Morelia Spilota McDowelli) COASTAL CARPET PYTHON – (Morelia Spilota McDowelli)

Equipment needed for a Carpet Python  

 Housing
Vivarium  New MODX36 for a young snake then add the MODX extensions as it grows.

For an adult 9 Foot+ a vivarium of 72” x 24” x 24 is the minimum

 

Lighting

Lighting is for viewing so a PT2132 Sun Glo Neodymium daylight basking spot lamp and a bulb guard would suit best.  Use on a Komodo Ceramic Fitting.

 

Heating

Microclimat AHS Heater Unit 500w this can then be used up to about 6’-7’ vivarium using the MODX and extansions.

 

Substrate

Aspen or beach chippings are recommended.

 

Décor

Use a PT-2845 or PT-2847 Reptile hide/Caves for hatchlings increasing as the snake grows to something like washing up bowls for adults. You will need a water bowl we would suggest using the Pool Wood Effect - Giant again increasing with the size of snake. Finally use a selection of artificial vines and plants, PT-3000-3052 these are just for decoration and make the vivarium look more natural. We would recommend at least 3 large vines and a selection of 3-4 plants also use stout branches or Bamboo sections.

Do not use Cherry wood or any coniferous woods the sap is poisonous to reptiles. 

 


Care

 

Distribution

Various subspecies of this snake are found throughout most of Australia and New Guinea.  The more brightly coloured specimens (referred to as ´Jungle Carpets´) are found in northern Australia.  While darker, but still attractive specimens are found mostly in the central and southern parts of its habitat.

Habitat

Carpet pythons are found in a variety of different habitats ranging from grasslands and wooded savannah’s, as with the Southern Carpet Python (Morelia spilota imbricata) to the more arboreal of the Jungle and Coastal Carpet pythons (Morelia spilota cheynei and mcdowelli) in heavily forested Australian subtropical rainforests.

Adult Size

The smallest carpet python is the Jungle Carpet, which is typically between 140 cm and 200 cm (4´ 6" to 6´ 6").  South-western Carpets generally reach lengths of 170 cm to 190 cm (5´ 6" to 6´ 3"), and Coastal carpets between 180 and 250cm (6´ to 8´).  However, Coastal carpets have been known to reach lengths of 14 feet.  Hatchling carpets of the three species listed above have a total length of approximately 42 cm.

Temperament

As with most partially arboreal snakes, carpets can be a little highly strung.  When young, carpet pythons are highly sensitive to potential threats. Or in other words you may get bitten a few times when the animal is young.  As time passes, you will learn to ´read´ the snake’s reaction to you and it will learn that you are not a threat.  Translation, you will not get bitten as often!!!!

Lifespan

Carpet pythons typically live to be between 20 and 30 years old in captivity.

Captive Care

Carpet pythons are readily available as domestically bred snakes and are easy to care for.  Most subspecies are of a moderate size which makes them more desirable than larger species (i.e. Burmese pythons, reticulated pythons...).  Since they are more highly strung than other species, they are definitely not the best choice for beginner keepers or young children.

Diet

Hatchlings and juveniles - pink/ fuzzy mice, and pink/fuzzy rats every 7 days; Adults - large rodents such as rats every 10 days.

Temperature

25° to 30° C (75-85 °F)

Space Requirements

An adult Carpet Python can be housed properly if kept in a vivarium with adequate vertical climbing space.  A 4´x4´x2´ vivarium is suitable for smaller species (ex: Jungle Carpets), but a 6´x4´x2´ is better for larger subspecies (ex: Coastal Carpets).  Young carpets can be housed in a 15 to 35 gallon terrarium for the first year or so.

Breeding

Carpet pythons generally reach sexual maturity at 2.5 to 3 years of age and can produce a clutch of eggs in a captive environment.  Winter cooling is not absolutely necessary to induce breeding if the animals are kept in the low 80°s throughout the year.  Instead, it seems it is more important to have multiple males to induce combat behaviour which in turn stimulates copulation. Typically the eggs take between 49-72 days to incubate with a temperature between 90°F and 92°F.

Special Requirements

Daily misting is always a good way to increase humidity for the more tropical species such as the Jungle Carpet.  An elevated hide spot such as a round piece of cork bark provides a good sense of security.  The possibility of excessive handling and not enough arboreal climbing space (to provide the animal with a sense of security) are two factors to think about if your snake goes off food.  However, if kept properly, carpet pythons tend to be a hardy snake.

 

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