|Scientific name||Morelia spilota|
|Length||6.5 to 12.0 feet (2.0 to 3.6 meters)|
|Weight||33 pounds (15 kilograms)|
|Life span||20 years|
|Number of eggs||Up to 18 eggs|
|Size at birth||15 inches (39 centimeters)|
|Age of maturity||3 years|
Carpet pythons eat dinner after dark. Although they can’t always see their prey, pythons have heat-sensitive pits in their lips that help them locate prey. Pythons eat birds, lizards, and mammals. Some Australians keep these snakes around for their ability to catch rats.
That’s a wrap!
Reptiles are cold-blooded animals, which means their body temperatures depend mostly on the weather. Carpet pythons have an ability to heat their bodies by shivering. When a female carpet python lays eggs, she wraps herself around them and shivers to keep them warm and safe.
Fight for attention
In the springtime, male carpet pythons fight to gain female attention. The males wrap their bodies around each other and their heads can reach nearly one meter off the ground!
Carpet pythons swallow their prey whole, no matter how big it is. It can take several hours for them to finish one meal.
Carpet pythons are least concern.
No effort is too small!