COASTAL CARPET PYTHON (Morelia spilota mcdowelli) - ©Thor Hakonsen
- Morelia spilota is a snake of the Pythonidae family found in Australia, Indonesia and New Guinea. Morelia spilota McDowelli is found predominantly in Australia, in eastern Queensland and northeastern New South Wales.
- There are 6 subspecies, commonly referred to as Carpet and Diamond pythons.
- An important, if not the largest, predator in many regions, the species traps or constricts its prey until they suffocate.
- M. s. mcdowelli is the largest form, regularly attaining lengths of 2.7–3 m (9–10 feet).
- Described as semi-arboreal, they are largely nocturnal, climbing trees and shrubs as well as crossing open areas such as rock faces, forest floors and even roads.
- Basking behaviour is commonly observed.